An Initiative of the International Youth Foundation

University Connect

YouthActionNet Fellows employ a range of innovative strategies in addressing diverse social and environmental challenges. Each has valuable knowledge to share, coupled with evolving learning needs. At the same time, academic institutions around the world are looking to translate what is taught in the classroom into "real-life" experience—providing students with the opportunity to move from theory into practice, and to share what they have learned with those who could benefit.

To bridge this gap, YouthActionNet partners with universities to bring learning to life. Below are examples of the dynamic two-way learning that takes place between Fellows and university students around the world:

  • In Chile, Fellows presented their social change initiatives to undergraduate students studying social entrepreneurship at Universidad Andrés Bello. Through this "live" case study approach, students were able to dig more deeply into local challenges—and solutions.
  • In Mexico, students majoring in communications and graphic design at Universidad del Valle de Mexico have helped Fellows across the country to develop brochures, websites, and other outreach materials.
  • And in the U.S., YouthActionNet partnered with Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service to provide graduate students pursuing a degree in Global Human Development with the opportunity to consult with YouthActionNet Fellows building social enterprises. These students served as pro bono consultants to Fellow projects in ten countries in such areas as partnership building, financial planning, marketing, and going to scale.

Through these and other university relationships, YouthActionNet seeks to build the capacity of resource-constrained social entrepreneurs while providing students with practical experience and the chance to immerse themselves in issues facing their local and global communities.

To learn more about academic partnership opportunities through YouthActionNet, please contact Eric Lin.

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