IYF Blog

Joseph Matalon Discusses Systems Change, Locally Led Development, and Investing in Youth

What values and passions have guided your professional life and how do those align with IYF’s values, vision, and mission?

Growing up, I was inculcated with the value—and imperative—of public service. As an IYF Board Member for going on twelve years—and now as Board Chair...

IYF Welcomes New Board Chair, A Lifelong Advocate for Locally Led Development

(Doug Becker, Dina Buchbinder Auron, and Joseph Matalon in Washington, DC.)

On September 7, at a gathering in Washington, D.C. that included current, past, and Emeritus members of IYF’s Board of Directors from around the world as well as partners and Youth Opportunity Ambassadors...

Honoring International Youth Day, YO Ambassadors Amplify the Issues They Care About Most

(Photo by Wylly Suhendra, Unsplash)

Since 1965, the United Nations has made a concentrated effort to promote youth development. What began as the Declaration on the Promotion Among Youth of the Ideals of Peace, Mutual Respect and Understanding Between Peoples evolved into the...

What Do International Youth Day and IYF's New Podcast Have in Common?

Officially, International Youth Day was born on December 17, 1999, when the U.N. General Assembly endorsed a recommendation which was made on August 12, 1998, by the first assembly of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.

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Has the Pandemic Made Us All Young Again?

Happy International Youth Day 2022! As you may know, this year's IYD theme is Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.

The first IYD was celebrated on August 12, 2000, having...