A project of the International Youth Foundation, YouthActionNet pursues a bold mission: to strengthen and expand the impact of youth-led social ventures around the globe. Over 13 years, the organization has created one of the world’s largest networks of young social entrepreneurs, comprising more than 900 young leaders in over 80 countries. Our Brick Factory team was excited to help YouthActionNet update its web presence, creating a responsive new site that spotlights the great work done by YouthActionNet Fellows.
During the planning phase of the project our teams worked together to determine the feature set of the new site and to create a streamlined new site architecture. As with all of our projects, our goal was to create an attractive, usable site that truly reflected the great work done by YouthActionNet. During the planning phase, we produced a technology plan, site map and a series of wireframes highlighting the content priorities for critical pages of the site.
From using bicycles to empower low-income youth with job skills to leveraging the power of technology to prevent the spread of disease, YouthActionNet Fellows are taking on some of world’s toughest challenges. We wanted to tell the story of this work through photography, infographics and by having the Fellows tell their own stories in their own words.
YouthActionNet’s audience is young and it is global. Given that, it was imperative that the site that would load quickly on all Internet connections, and looked as good on a smartphone as a desktop. We achieved these goals by creating a responsive design that is simple and elegant.
A primary objective of the redesign was to create a searchable directory of the 900 Fellows that have worked with YouthActionNet over the last thirteen years. We created a Fellows directory that features powerful filtering options, a map, and list views and profiles that Fellows are able to maintain themselves
The previous version of the YouthActionNet site didn’t utilize a Content Management System, making the site difficult for the staff to update. Our team worked with YouthActionNet to rebuild the website in Drupal, which will allow the site to grow and evolve along with the organization.