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...

What Do International Youth Day and IYF's New Podcast Have in Common?

Officially, International Youth Day was born on December 17, 1999, when the U.N. General Assembly endorsed a recommendation which was made on August 12, 1998, by the first assembly of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.



Has the Pandemic Made Us All Young Again?

Happy International Youth Day 2022! As you may know, this year's IYD theme is Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.

The first IYD was celebrated on August 12, 2000, having...

Emerging Leaders, The Podcast: Episode 1

In celebration of IYD 2022, the theme of which is Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, IYF's Emerging Leaders Group unveils their new podcast series.

International Youth Day 2022

Continuing IYF's tradition of hearing from our own Emerging Leaders (formerly Young Professionals) group on International Youth Day, this year our team shares their thoughts and reflections on how age divides us, why it's important to stand in solidarity, and how after the pandemic "we're all you

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...

Learning From 28 Young Leaders What It Takes to Partner for Impact

(Daniela Retamales, GYRF Awardee and founder of Fundación Prótesis 3D and Maria Elisa Muñoz YouthActionNet Fellow and founder of D’Cuero.)

At IYF, we know from experience the value of...

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...