Economic Opportunity

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...

Here’s the Scoop on IYF’s Summer 2022 Interns!

(Main image courtesy of [email protected] and Unsplash.)

During the school year, I attend Bowie State University, where I study Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism. During Spring Semester 2022, I took an internship...

This is What It Looks Like to 'Do Good' in Nashville, Tennessee

 © 2021 Bryan Tarnowski

For 127 years, the Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) has been supporting households, students, and other individuals in Nashville, Tennessee with education and employment services. Since 1948, they’ve been headquartered in the...

How Safe Spaces (and Ping-Pong) are Good for Your Mental Health

Sam C. (middle) and other students during a PTS lesson at Stratford High School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Especially since the pandemic, the world can be a stressful place. According to recent findings,...

What to Know About Supporting Pathways for Women in Male-Dominated Industries

As part of High Gear, a four-year project led by the International Youth Foundation focused on advancing South Africa’s public Technical, Vocational, Education & Training (TVET) college system, in-depth interviews were conducted with young women pursuing or employed in engineering careers,...

How Women Everywhere Are Saving the World and Shaping the Future

Of course, the history of women and our contributions to all aspects of society are worthy of year-round, everyday recognition. Still, Women’s History Month (WHM) is a time I look forward to every year. My favorite day of WHM is March 8—International Women’s Day (IWD)—which I came to appreciate...

Don't Just Tell Girls They Can Do Anything—Show Them How to Break Barriers

En Español

As a girl, I grew up in a home where I was told that I could be and do anything. Now, as a young professional in the...

No solo le digamos a las niñas que pueden hacer lo que quieran – Enseñémosles como pueden romper barreras

In English

Crecí en un hogar donde me decían que podía llegar a ser y hacer lo que quisiera. Ahora, como una joven profesionista en el sector del desarrollo...