APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Laureate International Universities and the International Youth Foundation will conduct the Global YouthActionNet® program and support 13 YouthActionNet® national institutes to recognize, train, and promote 500 young social entrepreneurs worldwide, whose initiatives will benefit more than 600,000 individuals. The program will support youth-led innovations through leadership development and skill-building, as well as by providing access to professional networks, coaching and mentoring, financial resources, and advocacy opportunities. The training is based on a vetted and proven youth social innovation curriculum developed by the International Youth Foundation focusing on six key dimensions of leadership, which includes Personal, Visionary, Societal, Political, Collaborative, and Organizational leadership skills. The learning experience will be adapted to each local context. They will also be promoted at a highly-publicized awards ceremony and through global and local media placements. Capitalizing on the power and reach of today's technology revolution, YouthActionNet.org will provide 10,000 young leaders globally with a virtual platform through which they access learning resources, expand peer to peer networks, and advocate for their causes.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
2011 - 2014: Enhanced support to Global YouthActionNet® program and existing YouthActionNet® national institutes, and launch of nine new YouthActionNet® national institutes, reaching 500 social entrepreneurs, 600,000 beneficiaries, and 10,000 young people through the virtual platform during the 2011 - 2014 commitment period.
In the media and at high profile venues, much attention has been focused on the role of social entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions to urgent global challenges. Far less is said about the achievements of today's young social entrepreneurs ages 18 - 29. The reality is their numbers are growing, as are their contributions to addressing a host of development issues. Historically, young people have been largely viewed as beneficiaries of development programs, as opposed to vital protagonists in the youth development equation. In its 2007 World Development Report, the World Bank suggested a new paradigm is needed where young people are acknowledged and supported for their social contributions. In 2001, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) launched YouthActionNet® to identify, encourage, and enhance the potential of the today's young leaders. Surveys conducted by IYF of hundreds of youth leaders in dozens of countries about their needs revealed four common needs, including training/mentoring, peer networking, awareness-raising, and recognition/financial support. To address these needs, Laureate International Universities and the International Youth Foundation will pursue a comprehensive strategy under the YouthActionNet® framework, which includes three key programs, including 1) Global Program, 2) National Institutes and 3) Virtual Program.