Social Innovation

How We Set Out to Strengthen 65 Youth-Led Ventures but Ended up Building a Movement

Over the past five years, I’ve seen transformative change in the lives of Jordan’s young change-makers and those their work impacts. But last spring, as Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania shook hands with BADIR fellows, I knew our initiative had reached a new level.

Young Solarpreneurs Powering the Future

On a hot April day in the Tanzanian city of Moshi, located at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Adam Camenzuli is celebrating the arrival of 4,000 solar lighting kits. In a nation where 85 percent of people lack access to electricity, the kits will put Adam, Co-founder of KARIBU Solar Power, one step closer to his dream of making solar lighting available to rural communities across Africa who can’t afford it.

NYT Gets it Wrong with “Too Many Young People”

As people who dedicate our days to positive youth development, IYF staff immediately felt the headline rubbed us the wrong way. “The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People,” which recently ran in The New York Times, enumerates multiple development challenges without acknowledging good news, possible solutions, or any other perspective. As the story lingered in ours minds, IYF Program Manager Lisa Jones penned a response, which ran last week on Devex.

Khalida Brohi, Advancing the Rights of Women in Pakistan

By all accounts, women’s rights advocate and social entrepreneur Khalida Brohi is having an amazing year. The 27-year-old was recently honored as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Asia, and will be presented this month with the inaugural Buffett Institute Award for Emerging World Leaders.

3 Lessons for Fostering the Growth of Young Women Entrepreneurs

At first glance, exceptional data can often appear quite ordinary. For example, in 2015, slightly more young women than men applied to our national YouthActionNet® institute in Mexico, Premio UVM para el Desarrollo Social.

Sheldon Smith, Champion of Young Fathers & CNN Hero

As a young parent who never had the chance to develop a relationship with his own father, Sheldon Smith founded the Dovetail Project in 2010. He was all of 21....

Women, Don't Apologize for Being Strong

When I first heard Nafula speak about her work, I was struck by the confidence, conviction, and authority of her words. As someone who feels more comfortable expressing herself with a pen and paper than in front of a crowd, I was in awe of her ability to powerfully advocate for gender equality—connecting emotions with data and linking personal experiences with the everyday reality of millions.

At Work in Rural Communities to Prevent the Spread of the Zika Virus

In isolated rural communities in Mexico, where the distance villagers must travel to find a doctor can mean the difference between life and death, Dr. Carolina Zuheill Rosales delivers urgently needed medical care.

The Adventure of STEM Education in Chile

For many students, classes related to science, technology, engineering, and math—the so-called STEM fields—can be intimidating. Stereotypes persist that you either have what it takes to succeed in these subjects, or you don’t. Period. Oscar Contreras-Villarroel grew up with a passion for science and believes most young people would feel as he does—that is, if it were taught differently.

The Youth Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

IYF has witnessed a powerful positive trend: the rise of young social entrepreneurs. Recognizing a lack of high-quality data as a key challenge keeping these youth change-makers from garnering all the attention they deserve, we've set out to gather and share information from YouthActionNet® global network. Read an analysis of this infographic, with data from Latin America, in a separate, complementary post.