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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...

Black Brilliance: Why Investing in HBCUs Is the Smart (and Right) Thing to Do

Last year was filled with organizations—from multinational corporations to small businesses—making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) commitments after growing calls for racial justice focused not just on our systems of government, but our socioeconomic systems as well.

In a moment of...