Social Innovation

Generation Now: Young Voices of Change

“We need to acknowledge and recognize the contributions of young people,” affirmed UN Secretary-General Envoy for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi in addressing over 120 public, private, civil society, and youth leaders who convened at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, on October 8 to discuss the impact of today’s global movement of youth-led social change.

The Unlikely Journey of Ayaz Hassan

Ayaz arrived in the lobby of our DC retreat center with a grin on his face and tired eyes telling of the 28 hours that had passed since he headed to the airport from his home in Sulaimanyah, Iraq. I breathed a sigh of relief.

Young Women Leaders Share Challenges Beyond Glass Ceiling

A wealth of data compiled by the No Ceilings campaign reflects significant gains—and gaps—in the status of women and girls over the last two decades. One of the persistent challenges cited is a dearth in women executives.

Succeeding as a Woman & Other Lessons from Youth Leaders

Recognized by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for her efforts to economically empower thousands of families across four Southeast Asian nations while protecting fragile coastal environments, Anoka Abeyrathne often struggles to be heard by male decision-makers in her native Sri Lanka.

Youth, the Best New Frontier for Investment in China

Until 2008, people called them China’s first generation of couch potatoes and “online addicts.” After the 2008 earthquake, they became known as the generation that will save China. For the 415 million Chinese under 34 years old, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.

Picture This: Jordan’s Young Social Innovators

They are creative, determined, and compassionate. Rather than turn the other way, they take action when they see a problem in their community. They are the 2015 BADIR Fellows—20 young Jordanian leaders, who are the latest social entrepreneurs to be selected through a joint initiative of Starbucks, M.H. Alshaya, Co., and IYF.

Young & Empowered in Zimbabwe

Young people are at the heart of IYF initiatives, a point made powerfully clear during a recent visit to Zimbabwe by IYF President and CEO Bill Reese. It was my first time meeting Bill, who, despite a packed itinerary, placed a priority on meeting and interacting with youth who have benefited from IYF’s work here.

20 Young Innovators, 20 Bold Solutions

They’re smart, driven, idealistic, and pragmatic. Keenly aware of the problems facing our planet, they’re equally passionate about solutions. They are the 2015 Laureate Global Fellows. 

Got Compassion? Turn it into a Career

As IYF’s Director of Social Innovation, Ashok Regmi is helping to build a worldwide movement of young people leading social change. A new book profiles his efforts and those of ten of IYF’s YouthActionNet® Fellows.

Wanted: Dynamic Young Leaders of Social Change

Now in its 15th year of supporting youth-led social innovation, YouthActionNet® seeks 20 extraordinary young leaders to join its 2015 class of Laureate Global Fellows. Learn more and help spread the word.