Youth Agency

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...

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...

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.

Say Hello to Concierge: A New Course Preparing Young People for a Future in Hospitality

On International Youth Day 2021, IYF is excited to announce the launch of Passport to Success Concierge (PTS-C)—a brand new, free, online version of our award-winning life skills training course that’s designed...

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...