Youth Engagement

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,...

Mental Health, Covid Recovery, and the Power of Sport to Transform Lives

Photograph courtesy ©Golden Boots Uganda

Muhammed "Mo" Kisirisa is a former amateur footballer and the founder of Golden Boots Uganda, an organization that aims to improve the lives, health, and mental wellbeing of young...

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...

Skills for Success: Matefetse's Story

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...

Black Futures Month

Youth Opportunity Ambassador Trint Patterson talks about why Black Futures Month resonates with him.

A Creative Challenge Lets Students in Panama Practice Skills While Helping Communities

Recently, more than 80 young women and men in Coclé, Panama were set to graduate from a vocational-technical school where they’d been preparing for careers in fields like mechanics, electronics, construction, and commerce. In pre-Covid times, they...

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,...