IYF Announces 2011 YouthActionNet® Global Fellows

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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® Fellows. Each of these 21 young leaders from 16 countries has developed innovative strategies to address these challenges—and more. Watch their videos below!

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, YouthActionNet® is building one of the world’s largest networks of locally active and globally connected young social innovators. Today this network comprises nearly 550 young change-makers in 60 countries.

Fellows benefit from a yearlong program, supported by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, that includes leadership development, skill-building, networking, and advocacy opportunities. From October 1 to 7, Fellows will participate in a weeklong retreat in Mexico City, where they will be honored at an awards ceremony.

Oghenefego Isikwenu 28 Nigeria
Oke Temitope 25 Nigeria
Benjamin Sunday 27 Uganda
Evodius Rutta 27 Tanzania
Marita Cheng 22 Australia
Freeman Trebilcock 23 Australia
Andeisha Farid 27 Afghanistan
Sabhanaz Rashid Diya 22 Bangladesh
Arundhuti Gupta 25 India
Ivan Cyril Sayre & 23 The Philippines
Jed Christian Sayre 23 The Philippines
Aysegul Guzel 28 Turkey
 Gabriel Bastardo 29 Spain
 Inés Cuatrecasas 28 Spain
 Antonella Vagliante 21 Argentina
 Henrique Rocha Mendes 22


 Catalina Ruiz Navarro 28 Colombia
 Rodrigo Arnaud Bello 28 Mexico
 Marquis Brown 27 United States
 Frank Fredericks 25 United States
 Sheldon Smith 22 United States