Youth Venture Newsletter July 2009
The 2009 Youth Venture Summit held June 26-29 in Boston, Massachusetts brought together over 130 Venturers,
Allies and Community Leaders from 10 different countries. Over the course of the four-day Summit, participants had the
opportunity to learn from fellow Venturers in workshops, collaborate with others during open-space meetings, develop
lasting friendships and memories and continue to build a global network of changemakers.
For more detailed information about everything that happened at the YV Summit, check out Youth Venture's Blog.
Do you have any photos, videos, or stories to share from this year's Summit? Send us an email and we will share with the YV Community.
What's New This Month Golden Opportunities
:: YV National Updates Check out these grants, programs and scholarships
:: Featured Venturers
World Youth Movement for Democracy Essay Contest
:: Golden Opportunities Youth ages 18 to 30 are invited to submit their essays
:: Best Buy Change Exchange on democracy. The Global Essay Contest will choose
15 winners, 3 from each region, to participate in the
:: Meet an Ashoka Fellow
upcoming 6th Assembly of the World Movement for
Democracy in Jakarta, Indonesia during April 2010.
Deadline: September 15, 2009
YV National Updates Best Buy Recycling Grant Program
What's new around the US Best Buy offers grants to help increase the recycling
opportunities of electronics in communities across the
The 2009 YV Summit was recently held in Boston, MA on country. Non-profit organizations, cities, counties and
the campuses of MIT, Harvard and Boston University public-private partnerships are eligible to apply for
during June 26-29! grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 per event.
L'Oreal Women of Worth Award
The Award recognizes females 18 years
and older who have shown leadership and
innovation through ongoing volunteer activities. This
year 10 Honorees will be chosen and each honoree
will receive a $5,000 donation to a charitable
organization of her choice, a $5,000
donation in her name to The Ovarian Cancer
Research Fund and an all expenses paid trip to
q Look at photos from the Summit.
New York City to be formally recognized.
q Read testimonials from Summit participants.
Deadline: July 13, 2009.
q Learn from some of the workshops.
q Watch the videos shown at the Summit. Want more info about scholarships, programs, and grants? More are listed on
q Chat with Summit participants on July 14. GenV.net. Check out these links: Opportunities for Venturers and Grants and
q Join the Summit Facebook group. Scholarship Opportunities for Venturers.
Act fast, deadlines are approaching! Visit GenV.net to
find out about other exciting programs that Youth
Venture is sponsoring!
Including volunteers in your Venture is a
great way to get extra help when there is a
Recruit lot of work. It is also a good way to get the
word out about your Venture. Check out
Volunteers GenV for tips on how to recruit volunteers
and how to keep them coming back once
they are a part of your Venture.
Pachamama Wins the Excellence Award in the For additional helpful tools like Networking, Sustainability and more, go to
2009 Staples Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Grow It on GenV.net.
Best Buy Change Exchange
Join the Change Exchange and Help YV Earn Up to $250,000!
If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you
can help YV earn up to $250,000 to launch new
Ventures, build community and expand the
global movement of young changemakers by
joining Best Buy's @15 Change Exchange. How
much money YV gets depends on the
As the global Excellence Award winner of the competition percentage of points YOU allocate to YV!
Pachamama will receive a grand prize worth $5,000 to
help run their Venture. Under the leadership of Juan Register now and start earning points.
Carlos and Mary Cruz, Pachamama educates low-income
families throughout Tepeolulco, Mexico about optimizing Starting July 15th to July 31st you can
resources to produce organic crops in an environmentally allocate your points to Youth Venture!
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in the 2009 Staples Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur
Learn about more changemakers and Venture Teams just like
Check Out the 2009 Youth Venture
"Character cannot be developed in ease and
Helen quiet. Only through experience of trial and
Keller suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision
cleared, ambition inspired, and success
Youth Venture Ambassadors are outstanding YVers that achieved."
represent a variety of backgrounds and have a strong
interest in helping grow and strengthen the network of
young Changemakers. Together with YV, they inspire,
support and help other youth to create positive social
Share your Venture with others. Email YV for consideration in
future newsletter issues.
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Meet an Ashoka Fellow
Highlighting Social Entrepreneurs
Those who attended the 2009 Youth Venture Summit may recognize this social entrepreneur!
As the founder of Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
(ECCA) in Nepal, Anil developed a series of environmental camps to
mobilize Nepal's youth to fundamentally change the way the Nepalese
interact with their surrounding environment.
Anil also campaigned for seven years to successfully change Nepal's
investment strategy in hydropower as a member of the Alliance for
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