In partnership with Raoul Wallenberg Academy and supported by Vinnova
Ashoka Nordic and Raoul Wallenberg Academy (RWA) have collaborated since 2016 with the aim to support young social entrepreneurs and Changemakers. On our quest to strengthen Changemaking-skills among Swedish youth we have developed 4 projects, namely: Changemakers Yard, Backyard, Changemakers Camp and the annual recognition Changemaker of the Year.
Ashoka Nordic and RWA focuses on capacity building for educators as well as youth between 16-25 years old. The objective of our joint work is to assure that youth can access tools, inspiration and networks to identify themselves and grow as young Changemakers.
We believe that working with youth is crucial for 2 key reasons:
(a) to empower each young individual with the ability to act as a positive force for societal change (and knowing that also they can make a difference in their local, regional or national community!)
(b) to equip the future leaders and citizens of Sweden with a Changemaker-mindset and toolkit.
Through our work we have so far engaged over 100 youth in our Changemakers Camp (a capacity training camp), welcomed over 5,000 users on Changemakers Yard (a digital platform with Changemaking skills exercises), engaged over 100 teachers through the Backyard (a lifelong learning platform for educators on social entrepreneurship and Changemaking) as well as elected 2 established young Changemakers through the annual recognition.
Changemakers Camp alumni
When I see what is happening in our society, from the injustice to how we treat others on the basis of their looks or origin, it truly hurts deep inside of me. I believe we are all equal and I am therefore working towards justice and equality – this makes me a Changemaker.
Equip youth with Changemaking skills and mindsets through networks, capacity building and awareness creation.
A collaborative platform where people from all walks of life act as Changemakers and empowers others to do so too.
A Nordic Changemaker platform where young Changemakers co-lead the movement.
Increase the youth influence in societal development for an inclusive, sustainable and innovative Nordic region.