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The passion and dynamism of YouthActionNet Fellows come to life through video. Learn about youth-led social innovations through our Fellow Talks and Change Series of inspiring interviews. Explore the challenges young leaders face in our Leadership Lessons videos. Watch our Webinars for insights and advice on collaborating with business, succession planning, and more. And finally, check out our Program videos to learn more about our network of leadership institutes around the world.

Leadership Lessons

Today’s young leaders grapple with a host of questions in advancing their social change missions. What’s the best way to mobilize and incentivize the volunteer labor that often drives their work? Should they ‘grow’ their organizations, and if so, how? What strategies are effective in overcoming gender and age biases? Below our YouthActionNet Fellows reflect on these and other issues that lie at the heart of their leadership journeys. 

The Leadership Lessons series is made possible with support from Laureate International Universities and the American Express Foundation.

Scaling with the Help of Committed Volunteers

Matthew Morantz founded Making Waves Canada to provide therapeutic swim lessons to children with severe developmental disabilities, increasing their water safety and instilling a love for staying active through swimming. Now operating in 14 cities, Making Waves has made a concerted effort to leverage the power of volunteers.