Events

Our events offer stakeholders from around the world an opportunity to come together and exchange ideas and experience. Expanding the global knowledge and understanding of challenges and opportunities in positive youth development, this collaboration drives change.

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On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation will spotlight the unique role of today’s youth in advancing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This half-day event will convene over 200 business and civil society leaders, university students, young social entrepreneurs, academics, and media representatives from more than 30 countries. Outstanding young social entrepreneurs from around the globe will engage participants through TED-style presentations about the challenges they face in scaling systemic change.

Today’s youth are uniquely equipped to transform our society. Driven by the values of equity and justice, they are already leading change. Achieving the global goals requires a fundamental shift in human values, attitudes, and behaviors. Young people believe that inclusive societies are better societies. They recognize that all people, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, or economic standing, have inalienable rights that must be upheld. They understand that living in balance with nature is essential to the sustainability of our planet. They are already building new models and organizations to deliver on change. By pioneering social innovations, today’s young social entrepreneurs are leading the way forward. But they can’t do it alone. Join us for an action-oriented conversation about how to leverage and engage more youth as change-makers and create an ecosystem of support to maximize youth-led ventures working to build open, just, and equitable societies.

To learn more, including about breakout sessions, please consult the agenda.

Speakers include:

Sheldon Smith (Keynote)
Founder and Executive Director, The Dovetail Project 

Camille Bangug
GU Impacts Alumna, Millennium Fellowship Co-Director, Georgetown University

Mentor Dida
Senior Ashoka Intrapreneur

Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green

Katie Fallon
Senior Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Hilton

Richard Graves
Chief Impact Officer and Co-founder, CleanChoice Energy; Founder, Solidaire

Sandra Herrera López
Director of Social Responsibility, Laureate International Universities

Jacqueline Lawrence
Founder, Mbeya Highlands FM Radio, Tanzania

​Parag Mehta
Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
Professor of Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Chris Milligan
Counselor to the Agency, United States Agency for International Development

Eddie Musa
Filmmaker, New Lens; CEO, MusaMajicTV

Christopher Neu
Chief Operating Officer, TechChange

Holly Wise
Associate Professor, Global Human Development; Director, Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellows Program, Georgetown University

 

The hosts are committed to making this event accessible to all guests. Please contact Rafael Luz (rr1096@georgetown.edu), Events Manager for the Beeck Center, with any special needs.

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These four briefings will present results from a survey of thousands of youth ages 16 to 24 across 30 countries.

Oct 12, 2016-Nov 01, 2016
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In Uganda, the meeting offered an opportunity to discuss YouthMap assessment findings as well as challenges and opportunities.

Apr 21, 2015-Apr 22, 2015
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At this event in South Africa, stakeholders discussed the success of the EquipYouth initiative and how it could grow and transform.

Aug 27, 2014-Aug 28, 2014
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This event in Tanzania was intended to provide both a high-level forum and practical workshops to discuss best practice approaches for job creation and greater youth entrepreneurship in Africa.

Jun 03, 2014-Jun 06, 2014
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This conference convened key stakeholders from Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa region to discuss the positive impact of life skills on youth employability and productivity.

Apr 06, 2014-Apr 07, 2014
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This regional meeting in Saint Lucia offered an opportunity for stakeholders to work together—and with the region’s young people—to ensure youth have the skills and support they need to lead hopeful, productive lives. 

Jun 25, 2013-Jun 26, 2013
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This conference in Senegal provided a forum for disseminating and discussing evidence-based research on youth employment and entrepreneurship and showcasing effective programs and policies. 

Jan 23, 2013-Jan 25, 2013
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Held in Washington, DC, this conference brought together key stakeholders to better understand the barriers still facing today’s youth and to explore new ways to work together to scale proven practice programs.

Jun 21, 2012-Jun 23, 2012
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Organized in Jordan under GPYE, this conference convened stakeholders supporting youth employability programs in the MENA region.

Feb 21, 2012-Feb 23, 2012
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