One of Two Young People Currently Serving as Members

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is pleased to announce that Dina Buchbinder Auron, a young social entrepreneur from Mexico, has joined its Board of Directors. Ms. Auron is co-founder of Deport-es para Compartir (DpC), an educational community-based program that teaches children to fully develop their citizenship skills through participatory games and sporting activities. As of 2012, the program had impacted the lives of more than 161,600 beneficiaries, including 63,890 children, 95,830 parents, and 1,800 teachers. A partnership with the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Development Programme in Mexico has helped to dramatically increase DpC’s reach and impact.

In 2009, Ms. Auron was selected as a Laureate Global Fellow by YouthActionNet®, a global initiative of IYF that annually provides leadership training and networking opportunities to twenty selected young CEOs from around the world. She was also honored that year with the Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) Prize for Social Development, awarded to outstanding young leaders. Beginning in 2010, she served a two-year term as Youth Advisor of the World Federation of United Nations. An Ashoka Fellow, she was awarded the Women’s Mexican National Award for Philanthropy in 2012 and was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Ms Auron currently serves as director of the United Nations Youth Association in Mexico.

“Dina will bring so much energy, passion, and innovative thinking to the IYF board,” says Bill Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation. “She will help us explore creative ways to expand and energize our global network of young social entrepreneurs, like herself, who are leading transformational efforts in their communities. IYF truly believes that youth are protagonists in their own development, and that’s what Dina’s program is all about.”

Mr. Reese also praised outgoing Board Member Raghda El-Ebrashi, Founder and Chairperson of the Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development in Egypt. “We have been extremely fortunate to benefit from Raghda’s wise counsel over the past two years, particularly at a time when her peers in the Middle East and around the world are raising their demands for better education, decent jobs, and a chance to shape their own futures.”