YouthActionNet believes that young people can and do make a difference. Around the world youth are working to preserve our natural environment, fighting for human rights, leading movements to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, and raising their voices for democracy. Locally and globally, young people are galvanizing positive change on a wide range of important issues. YouthActionNet seeks to connect, inspire, and nurture present and future young leaders. The organization's aim is to provide a virtual space where young people can share lessons, stories, information, and advice on how to lead effective change.

Purpose of Site:
YouthActionNet is a space where youth can get up-to-date information, resources, and tools to strengthen their work.

The International Youth Foundation developed YouthActionNet in consultation with a task force of eight young leaders from Australia, Germany, Kosovo, Mexico, Palestine, the Philippines, Uganda, and the United States. Sponsored by the Nokia Corporation, YouthActionNet is part of the global Make a Connection program.

Home Page:
YouthActionNet's Web site is a space where youth can get up-to-date information, resources and tools to strengthen their work. YouthActionNet knows that the opportunity to be creative and nurture the soul is also important for youth leaders. To meet this need the organization developed a "graffiti wall" and a youth culture corner in the Scene, which posts announcements, book and movie review, and speical events.

Outstanding Feature:
The YouthActionNet Web site's outstanding feature is the Scrawl the Wall page, which allows visitors to actually draw and post "graffiti" on the site.

Honorable Mentions:
The foundation provides a useful list of links to related foundations, associations, federal agencies, and other useful organizations.

Program Manager: Annetta Seecharran
Main Office:
International Youth Foundation
32 South Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tel: (410) 951 1500
Tel: (410) 347 1188