Social Innovation

Our Call to Action is Gaining Traction: Yet Far More Still Needs to be Done for Youth to Succeed

What does it take to get top corporate and government leaders and more than 100 organizations from nearly 50 countries together in one placefor three of the hottest days of the summer, including a Saturday?...

Peacebuilding Through Storytelling

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Young Afghan Orphans Redefine the Meaning of Family & their Country's Future

For many people today, a family is still strictly defined as two parents and their children. But the six youth from an orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, whom I met last week at IYF's offices in Baltimore, Maryland, have a far more inclusive definition of family. And while they have experienced...

IYF Seeks Exceptional Young Leaders of Social Change

“Inspiring.” “Eye-opening.” “The greatest experience of my life.” These are just a few reflections shared by previous participants in the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship. Who will be among the next 20 young leaders to be selected for this yearlong...

Youth-Led Social Change Initiatives to Receive 2011 Starbucks™ Youth Action Grants

More and more young people around the globe are taking action to improve their communities; yet most struggle to secure the support needed to expand their impact. Through the Starbucks™ Youth Action Grants...

IYF Announces 2011 YouthActionNet® Global Fellows

Global challenges like climate change, religious extremism, the integration of immigrant populations, and children orphaned by war can seem too daunting for any one individual or group to tackle. Yet such is not the case for IYF’s 2011 YouthActionNet®...

Finalists of the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement Gain New Leadership Skills

Through its partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) helped lead a three-day capacity and skills building program for the second cycle of finalists of the King Abdullah...

35 Young Social Entrepreneurs in Mexico, Spain, Turkey Join IYF’s YouthActionNet® Global Network

At a festive ceremony held at the Museo de Arte Popular, 15 young social innovators in Mexico were honored with the Premio UVM por el Desarrollo Social (UVM Prize for Social Development). Over the past five years, 75 young visionaries across the country have received the UVM Prize.

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Carpooling to a Greener Future in Colombia

During a recent visit to IYF's headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, 2009 YouthActionNet Fellow Alejandro Zapata Arango admitted that when he founded his company...

Nicholas Kristof Profiles Social Entrepreneurs, Including IYF alum, Who Are Leading Change Worldwide

If you do nothing else this week, read Nicholas Kristof’s article in this Sunday’s New York...