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What is YouthActionNet®?

Launched in 2001, YouthActionNet® seeks to develop a new generation of socially-conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world. Through its Fellowship Programs, local programs, dynamic website, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, YouthActionNet® offers young change makers ideas, resources, and connections to like minds around the world. YouthActionNet® is an initiative of the International Youth Foundation www.iyfnet.org, a global nonprofit organization supporting youth development programs in 80 countries.

Why YouthActionNet®?

We believe that young people can and do make a difference. Locally and globally, youth are leading efforts to preserve the environment, advocate for human rights, curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, and encourage democratic participation. YouthActionNet® works to strengthen the skills and increase the impact of today's young social innovators. At no time in history has the potential impact of youth been greater. Currently 1.2 billion young people are poised on verge of adulthood. How they grow and develop will greatly influence the future of our world. Through YouthActionNet®, more and more young people are accessing the tools and resources to fully realize their visions of a better world.

What is the Laureate Global Fellowship and how can I apply?

Each year, YouthActionNet® selects 20 young social entrepreneurs to participate in the Laureate Fellowship. These accomplished young leaders are distinguished by their records for success in achieving positive change in their communities, by their innovative approaches, and ability to mobilize their peers and community members in support of their social change visions. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide participants with a tailored learning experience. Through the Fellowship, they receive: training and peer-to-peer learning opportunities at a week-long workshop; recognition for their efforts at an annual awards ceremony; and a robust package of yearlong support, including virtual learning, personalized coaching, and access to global advocacy and funding opportunities.

For more information about the Laureate Fellowship see our apply page.  You may also check out our Fellowship FAQs page, and alumni testimonials.

What is the YouthActionNet® local program network?

In 2006, YouthActionNet® began pursuing an expansion strategy designed to take its unique leadership development model directly to the communities where young people are leading positive change. Through supporting the creation of national and regional programs in countries around the world, YouthActionNet® seeks to foster a new cadre of engaged young leaders and social entrepreneurs. These local and regional programs offer young people a 10-12 month fellowship experience in their own communities, small grants, networking opportunities, and technical support (including mentoring). Young leaders also receive public recognition and participate in advocacy opportunities.

Working with our partners, the YouthActionNet® network has grown to include the following members:

Sylvan/Laureate Foundation
Anhembi Morumbi Youth Initative, Brazil

Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile
Universidad del Valle de Mexico Prize for Social Development
, Mexico
Universidad Latina, Costa Rica

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
, Peru
Universidad Europea de Madrid Prize for Young Social Entrepreneurs, Spain
Universidad Technologica Centroamericana, Honduras
BİLGİ Young Social Entrepreneur Awards, Turkey

Foundation for Young Australians
Young Social Pioneers, Australia

King Abdullah II Fund for Development*
King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement, Jordan
*regional program serving 19 Arab countries

How will we know if we are successful?

A global community of youth leaders will be working more effectively and achieving greater impact because they are learning from each other and benefiting from the support of their peers worldwide.

Want to know more?

Find out about the International Youth Foundation: www.iyfnet.org