United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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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 YouthLead Scholarship Spotlights

2023 USAID YouthLead Scholars











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

  • 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

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.