Leadership

Treat Young People Like Ta'Mya As The Experts They Are

If we want to get anywhere, young people need to be directly involved in informing and creating programming meant to address their needs and challenges. 

IYF's Newest Executive Team Member Brings Boots-on-the-Ground Experience and Grit

Meet our newest executive team member who arrives at a critical and exciting time in IYF's history.  

Trash Talk Won't Create Positive Change in Baltimore—It Will Require Leading by Example

During summer vacation, many of Baltimore City's young residents find employment through Baltimore Summer Skill-Builders (BSSB), a branch of the city's YouthWorks (YW) initiative that couples project-based...

What It Means to Put Girls First So They Can Live Their Rights

"For too long, girls have come last in the hierarchy of who gets attention and whose needs are addressed," says Christen Brandt.

Meet 2 Young Social Entrepreneurs Driving Change from Inside Government

Jessica and Francisco each started successful social ventures but have transitioned to roles at different levels of government in Peru and Spain, respectively.

What This Young Activist Wants You to Know About Advancing the Human Rights Agenda

Roberto Zapata, 31, discusses the human rights agenda, the importance of education, and why the 2019 Rice Award honorable mention is so significant. 

Messages from Rural America

Growing up in rural America isn’t easy, and the needs of rural communities and the young people who call them home often go overlooked. At a recent learning event ...

If You Want to Achieve the Greatest Impact, Learn to Listen

The (Re)Connecting Youth Initiative's successful first phase draws to a close, leaving a legacy from which to learn and a foundation on which to build.

Louisiana Youth Make Their Voices Heard

Clustered around a table at The Rhino, a popular coffeehouse in Shreveport, Louisiana, four high school students plotted and planned. The next day, Ta'Mya, David, Annika, and Robert would have less than an hour to present key challenges...

LEAPS: Bhavani Tivakaran on Advocating for Change

Bhavani Tivakaran, President of the Teen Advisory Committee with Step Forward (https://www.stepforwardnla.org/) of Northwest Louisiana, on the potential of young people to create change in their communities.