“Inspiring.” “Eye-opening.” “The greatest experience of my life.” These are just a few reflections shared by previous participants in the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship. Who will be among the next 20 young leaders to be selected for this yearlong program supporting young social innovators? You can help us spread the word about this unique opportunity!

Sponsored by the Sylvan Laureate Foundation, the YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship offers young leaders from around the world the chance to build skills, network, gain recognition, and advocate for their causes. Past awardees have founded cutting-edge initiatives — from a project in Mexico that transforms discarded milk and juice boxes into low-income housing to a social enterprise in Rwanda that markets the work of African artisans around the globe. Click here to read the profiles of last year’s winners.

The Fellowship is open to all young people, ages 18 to 29. Applicants must be proficient in English and have founded or co-founded projects or organizations with at least one year of demonstrated social impact. This can include leading a new project within an existing organization. Winners will be announced in October 2012.

The yearlong Fellowship includes:

  • A seven-day retreat designed to strengthen personal and organizational leadership skills
  • Recognition of the Fellows at the annual YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Awards Ceremony
  • A robust package of yearlong support, including access to virtual learning sessions, personalized coaching, global advocacy platforms, and grant opportunities
  • Membership in the YouthActionNet® global network — more than 600 young social innovators in 64 countries
  • A chance to network and collaborate with other IYF projects and over 200 partners.

The application deadline is March 12, 2012.

Click here for information and application form.