1996: Ashoka Founds the Field of Youth Changemaking with the Launch of Youth Venture
Ashoka is known best for founding the field of social entrepreneurship, but it also moved quickly to make sure that it became common place for young people to lead at a young age. To do this Bill Drayton started Youth Venture an organization/initiative that supports youth to take action and solve the problems they encounter around them. Today, Youth Venture has worked in 32 countries supporting over one-half million youth to self-actualize as changemakers through launching and leading their own social ventures.
What We Do
Tools and Resources: Offer tools and resources to youth to launch and lead their own social change ventures.
Online Changemaker Challenge: Run online challenges to support new and pre-existing ideas for social change as well as form online communities of support and information sharing.
Replication: We work with hundreds of institutions around the world to integrate changemaking into their culture, thus allowing employees, educators, and youth to exercise their power to create change day to day.
Learn More About Ashoka’s Youth Initiative
Youth Venture is one way Ashoka is changing how young people grow up in their ever-changing world. For more on our global work helping youth practice empathy in action and identify as changemakers click here.