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Mentorship, Social Justice, and Paying It Forward: A Conversation With YO Ambassador Yessica

Youth Opportunity Ambassador Yessica Pineda values mentorship because of the positive impact it's had on her life.

“One of the biggest challenges for me initially going into college was being a first-generation student. As much as my parents wanted to help me, there were barriers. I was...

Meet the Fall YO Ambassadors and YO Global Youth Council

What do a high school senior from Nevada, a McDonald’s Guest Experience Leader from Jordan, and a recently graduated business student from Singapore have in common? They’re hard-working young people who are part of the most recent cohort of the Youth Opportunity initiative.

Since 2018,...

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...