We work directly with youth because to ensure that they can grow up to live good lives, it is crucial to develop their readiness for change, and an understanding of Changemaking that strongly connects leadership with empathy.
Our purpose is to ensure that all children and youth gain the skills they need to be comfortable with change and have the mindset and skills required to act as Changemakers.
The Changemaking skills are empathy, leadership and teamwork. Our goal is for every young person to develop these skills, practice Changemaking and identify as Changemakers.
From our pioneering work with Social Entrepreneurs, we understand that to become a Changemaker or Social Entrepreneur, we require new skills. In a world defined by change, no one can afford to build a life around repetition, instead to be a contributor, an active player, everyone must learn to be a Changemaker, a person who steps up to solve problems for the good of all. In other words, becoming a Changemaker must become the new norm for growing up.
Changemakers often start in their youth: Our work with Ashoka Fellows has shown a clear pattern of Changemakers taking the lead from an early age. In fact, Ashoka’s Impact Report from 2019 shows that the majority of Ashoka Fellows (65%) started their changemaking journey by joining someone else’s social change efforts before the age of 21. What’s more, 48& of the Fellows actually started and led their own initiatives in their teenage years.
In this historic moment, it is time for a big change, for a big movement. It's time for a new literacy, the Everyone a Changemaker literacy.