United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Anxhela Bruci 2023


One Young World has partnered with USAID to help develop young leaders who are positively impacting their communities through service, activism, advocacy, education and entrepreneurship. The USAID YouthLead Scholarship launched in 2023, giving young leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and promote their work through a one-year programme, connecting people, ideas and resources to tackle critical issues affecting young people around the world.

USAID selected five exceptional young leaders to become a part of the 2023 USAID YouthLead Scholarship. 

2023 USAID YouthLead Scholars Speaker Highlights

Anxhela Bruci on presentation stage speaking on Peace & Reconciliation, at Belfast Summit 2023
USAID YouthLead Scholar: Anxhela Bruci
Nandini speaking on the Reckitt stage about Safeguarding LGBTQ+ Rights Global Perspectives
USAID YouthLead Scholar: Nandini Tanya Lallmon
Sarah Sladen, Anxhela Bruci and Nandini Tanya Lallmon on a panel stage speaking about how Young Leaders Can Shape International Development
USAID Agency Youth Coordinator Sarah Sladen and YouthLead Scholar’s Anxhela Bruci ...

One Young World in Belfast 2023

USAID YouthLead Scholars participated in four transformative days in Belfast, attending speeches and discussions from high-level speakers across different sectors. Sarah Sladen (Agency Youth Coordinator for USAID) spoke on the topic ‘How Young Leaders Can Shape International Development’ with two USAID Scholars Anxela Bruci and Nandini Tanya Lallmon.

Other highlights included Anxela Bruci speaking on the Presentation Stage on the Plenary Challenge Peace and Reconciliation. Scholars attended workshops, networking sessions and mentorship sessions where they were able to expand their knowledge on key development challenges of this time. 

Workshop attendees engaged in session roundtable

USAID YouthLead Scholarship Spotlights

2023 USAID YouthLead Ambassadors











At USAID, we know that we cannot address today’s biggest global challenges without including the voices and skills of 2.4 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 29. Our YouthLead Scholars Cohort members are just one example of how youth are already in the lead–working in new and innovative ways to address issues like human rights, gender equity, climate action, LGTBQI+ inclusion, and more."

Sarah Sladen, Agency Youth Coordinator of USAID

USAID YouthLead Scholars in the News

  •  Tanya Lallmon in smart dress speaking at the EU commission

    Tanya Lallmon : « Nous conseillons le commissaire de l’Union européenne »

  • Clement Ngosong portrait in formal white shirt and wristwatch against beige background

    Clement Ngosong named a 2023 Kofi Annan Changemaker by the Kofi Annan Foundation

  • Flagbearers on the steps of the OYW Manchester Summit Venue

    Introducing USAID’s First YouthLead Scholars Cohort

  • Enthusiastic delegates at the summit deep in discussion

    One Young World and USAID-funded YouthLead platform collaborate to support young leaders

  • Jhoan Chávez in black polo shirt presenting on stage

    Jhoan Chávez creó una comunidad digital para conectar a jóvenes caucanos con oportunidades

  • Anxhela Bruci wearing dark dark pink gillet holding documents on a riverside front

    Anxhela Bruci features in the fourth cohort of the Vital Voices Visionaries program in partnership with the #EsteeLauderEmergingLeaders Fund

Youth Policy Partnership

"The future is yours, and you should have the future that you want."


On May 6th, at the "Generation 2030: USAID Celebrates Youth Partnerships" event, USAID launched its updated Youth in Development Policy with a vision of a world in which young people have agency, rights, influence, and opportunities to pursue their life goals, and contribute to the development of their communities. The Policy aims to improve youth access, increase youth participation, and strengthen youth collective action to bring about change.

One Young World is proud to partner with USAID on this policy, alongside partners including UNICEF, Restless Development and Generation Unlimited.


Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World, announces its partnership with USAID

What is the USAID Youth in Development Policy?


What is the USAID Youth in Development Policy?

Engaging youth and emerging leaders in development is essential to achieving the United States’ most important foreign policy objectives. The voices and skills of 2.4 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 29 are critical to development work. Youth engagement and partnership offer leaders a chance to fully understand what it is like to grow up in today’s rapidly changing world.

Instead of viewing youth as passive recipients, young people should be viewed as agents of their own development. USAID must invest in youth so that they are actively involved in shaping development interventions. Through youth engagement, USAID and their development partners can do a better job of creating the services, opportunities, and support young people need to develop in healthy ways.