Youth Venture
At A GlAnce

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Youth Venture
At A GlAnce

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Youth Venture invests in young people, enabling them to launch
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Youth Venture
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Ashoka's Youth Venture aims to build a global movement of young people being powerful now, changemakers now. This is the foundation for an "everyone a changemaker" world, the key factor for success for every society, organization, and person.

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  1. 1. Youth Venture At A GlAnce our VISIon Youth Venture’s vision is a world of everyone a changema- ker through a global culture of young people initiating po- sitive, lasting change. Imagine what a difference it would make in the strength of our society and in our lasting im- pact on the world if millions more people gave themselves permission to be changemakers. the moVement We bring together our Youth Venturers from around the world into our Venturer community, with a common identity as pioneers of youth-led change. Our Venture teams share ideas, collaborate, and ultimately form a global movement Through Charlotte’s Venture, SeniorConnect, teenage volunteers visit assisted living facilities with laptop computers and help residents compose, send and to redefine the youth years as a time of leadership and receive e-mails, while a bond forms between the young and old. positive social impact. Youth Venture What if everyone in the world took initiative to improve society? What if instead of looking to others for leadership, everyone stepped up, addressed social challenges and led positive change? Youth Venture believes that the most important contribution we can make to the world is to increase its number of changemakers. As our world becomes smaller and global problems become bigger, we need changemakers now more than ever. Youth Venture aims to inspire and support an entire generation of young people around the world to become changemakers. We believe it is critical that people discover early on in their lives that they can lead social change, so we invest in young people to design and lead their own ventures that create social impact. In This Venture team in Argentina uses art as a transformative tool. They starting social ventures, young people learn the important skills engage children in low income areas to express themselves through of leadership, entrepreneurship, teamwork and empathy, as well painting murals that, in turn, beautify their communities. as other practical skills, as they form teams and run ventures together. Young people also learn that they are powerful, and Youth Venturers “have a vision to they will likely continue to take initiative and lead again and again throughout their lives. change the world around them... Established by Ashoka, the world’s leading association of social they are also willing to go that extra entrepreneurs and the pioneer of the social entrepreneurship movement, Youth Venture is working in 14 countries on five mile and start their own venture...to continents, and continues to grow. catalyze social change.” - times of India www.genv.net
  2. 2. Youth Venture At A GlAnce how Youth Venture workS Youth Venture invests in young people, enabling them to launch their own sustainable social ventures, and then connects them into a global network. The ventures are entirely youth-initiated and youth-led. We reach out to young people and inspire them to take initiative in their communities. Then we support our Ventur- ers by providing guidance, tools, and a process for designing and pitching their venture plans. the Youth Venture ProceSS When the Venturer team is ready to launch, Youth Venture of- fers: • seed funding • tools and support • allies who provide mentoring and expertise • ongoing tools and support (e.g. workshops, online forums, how-to booklets) • a supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers • identity as part of the global Youth Venture movement After the venture has launched, we work to stay continually in- volved with the team, and we connect Venturers into a global fel- lowship of like-minded young people, helping them see that they are part of something bigger, catalyzing our movement. AYUDA is a youth-led Venture educating hundreds of children with diabetes throughout Latin America. Outreach “Dream it. Developing Building and Do it.” Social Selection Venture the Marketing Workshops Venture Panel Launch Movement “The key factor for success of any human grouping – be it a company or a country – will be the proportion of changemakers it has to develop new ideas, take initiative and leAD.” - Bill Drayton, Founder of Youth Venture www.genv.net
  3. 3. Youth Venture At A GlAnce india Natasha’s Venture, Aeena, helps young people find their civic voice. Much of the Mumbai youth population is disillusioned by politics – they feel that corruption reigns and that youth interests are unrepresented. This has created a high number of young people – particularly students – that have removed themselves from political dialogue. However, Natasha believes that political awareness drives social progress, and her hopes have been bolstered by a recent influx of young Indian politicians. She launched Aeena to turn political apathy into activism. Her Venture strives to increase voter registration among students by performing outreach at local campuses. Aeena hosts a range of activities including film screenings and discussions, all of which are aimed at engaging young people in political dialogue of India. mexico RaPem, launched by Jesús (Méxica) and Juan Carlos (Smiley) with partner organization Cauce Ciudadano, is just one example of how young people in Mexico are using the support of Avancemos to create positive change. After years of making a name for themselves as rap artists, Méxica and Smiley decided it was time to teach others, with a positive message and impact. Together, they started RAPEM (Rap Pandillero Estilo Mexicano). Disguised as a school for rap, RAPEM is dedicated to giving urban youths a non-violent form of expression, with the hope of bringing together gangs across territories and addressing stigmas that urban young people face. Since its launch in June, RAPEM has developed and run educational workshops and even opened a studio to provide low-cost production services to aspiring rappers in Mexico City and the State of Mexico. South afRica Zaks, the leader of Township Glory, uses the arts to inspire, encourage and empower the youth of Orange Park, a Johannesburg fellowship. From slam poetry to dance and theater, every young person in attendance at Township Glory workshops has a role to play. Zaks begins every leadership training session he runs by discussing the global Youth Venture movement. “We’re in this room because we’re starting a movement,” Zaks will say, addressing attendees. “We’re tired of the way things are. We want drugs and poverty and unemployment out of Orange Farm, and we’re going to do it. This is a leadership movement and you’re all at the front of it.” Zaks is creating a structure that will enable Township Glory to expand beyond Orange Park. “I don’t want to be the only role model. I want everyone to be role models for each other, so I started a facilitator training program, to get teenagers trained to help the younger kids.” www.genv.net www.genv.net
  4. 4. Youth Venture At A GlAnce BRazil Monique, Tamires, and Ana launched Malabares Arte Circense (Juggling Circus Art) to engage the low-income youth population (ages 11 to 14) of São Paulo. Circus is a fun, positive medium that promotes cooperation, relaxation, and intense phyiscal training - all of which are critical in adolescent development. The students of the Malabares juggling and circus workshops not only develop physical skills and coorindation, they also gain self-confidence and an outlet for creativity and concentration. In its first three months of operation, Malabares offered over 40 workshops. The response has been overwhelmingly successful. Monique, Tamires, and Ana hope that soon they will be able to reach out to youth from all across Brazil. india Sumit launched Pragati to transform hospitals into warm, caring environments so that young patients can have fun during the healing process. Pragati engages young children who have been admitted to hospitals with games, songs, and puppet shows. These activities are more than simply distractions, they help to build fun rituals out of hospital routines such as taking medicine and getting blood drawn. This not only benefits the children being treated; Sumit also believes that doctors are able to achieve more when dealing with happy patients. Pragati’s approach provides the children the emotional support they need in order to fully heal. aRgentina Anahí was concerned by, among other things, the high drop- out rate among underserved youth of Berazategui, Argentina. Convinced that youth engagement could end the trend of marginalization and discrimination, Anahí and her friends launched Culturalmente Hablando (Culturally Speaking). They transformed an empty cafeteria into a community center to provide at-risk youth academic support and a space for open communication. Culturalmente Hablando steers kids away from negative influences by involving them in activity planning. Young people are engaged in creating educational workshops and recreational events, which instills in them a sense of dedication to their communities. The team’s vision extends past the borders of Berazategui. Team leader Joaquin explains: “If today’s adults believe in the integrity of young people…tomorrow we’ll be able to carry our project nationwide.” www.genv.net

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