IYF Blog

Five Tips for Deepening Youth Engagement in the Development Space

At IYF, we've learned from 30 years of experience that programs are more effective when young people participate in their creation, implementation, and evaluation. Moreover, young people have a right to be involved in the decisions and processes that affect them. 

As IYF’s Technical...

Here's What Meaningful Youth Engagement Looks Like

As a young woman born and raised in Kenya, I've had the privilege of engaging in positive youth development (PYD) programming on two levels: as a participant, and also in more active leadership and collaborator roles. My involvement in these programs has provided me with exposure to the...

How Youth Opportunity Ambassadors are 'Showing up' to Make an Impact in Their Communities

On a Wednesday evening in August, members of the Youth Opportunity (YO) network gathered to close out the Spring 2021 YO Ambassadors Program. During the closing event, participants and staff...

How Skills Training in Zimbabwe Creates Economic Opportunity and Inspires Hope

Blessing Ncube, a sixteen-year-old Pathways participant from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

In Zimbabwe, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on the general wellbeing of communities. Apart from the immediate impact on health,...

How Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Can Create Positive Change in the Development Space

International development organizations like IYF, if they are to keep pace with the changing times and contexts in which they operate, must learn to grow, adapt, and evolve as effectively and efficiently as possible. That involves recognizing when a program, product, or approach is (or isn't)...