Leadership

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...

Latinx Heritage Month - Vianey D

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we asked young people like Vianey what makes them most proud of their heritage--from September 15 to Octobe

Latinx Heritage Month - Victoria H.

Youth Opportunity Ambassador Victoria Hincapie, from Colombia, currently lives in the United States. In this video, Victoria shares how she and her family celebrate their heritage and also discusses a challenge that Latinx youth in the United States sometimes experience around identity.

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)...

Celebrate Juneteenth on the Day, But Appreciate Black History Every Day

As I've gotten older, my desire for knowledge and truth has certainly increased. It is only in recent years that I've become more familiar with the historicity of Juneteenth and the significance of this...

Young people are so...entitled.

Young people from all over the world talk about the world to which they are entitled and share how they aren't waiting for it to be handed to them; rather, they are creating it for themselves, and all of us.

Meet IYF's New Logo

IYF's ​new logo represents our commitment to being a connector and convener in the international development space because real, lasting change can't be achieved alone.