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One hundred years ago, accelerating change had reached the point that society needed everyone to be literate. Now society needs everyone to be ready to play in this game as a skilled changemaker. It needs every young person, parent, and educator to grasp this new paradigm for success in growing up — and in life.

To succeed, young people need to be practiced at having an idea, building a team, and changing their world to thrive in this new changemaker environment. Based on the experience of Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs, we know that young people who learn changemaking early are more likely to become successful social entrepreneurs as adults.

This pattern of early achievement also holds for the business sector: a recent study based on LinkedIn data for all professionals found that those who signaled they started something noteworthy in their teens are four times more likely to be entrepreneurs and four times more likely to be a top corporate (C-level) executives.

Through this movement to put young people in charge, Ashoka is helping society develop the next generation of changemakers and social entrepreneurs, working for the good of all.


Our Network

We encourage you to explore the diverse ways that Ashoka’s Youth Years programs support changemaking in young people, adults, organizations, and companies. Engage with our dedicated programs today to help advance an “Everyone a Changemaker” world:

Ashoka Lead Young is a campaign that demonstrates through storytelling the power of young people who have dreamed a problem-solving dream, formed and led a team, and created a solution that changed their world. It identifies and shares these stories in collaboration with publishers and other major avenues of distribution to inspire more young people to become changemakers. Lead Young also seeks to showcase and encourage the initiatives of the more than one-thousand Ashoka Fellows whose work is putting young people in charge.

Ashoka Youth Venture® designs holistic strategies and experiential youth engagements that insert changemaking into the cultures of companies, schools and universities, and youth organizations. Youth Venture works with young people and partners to co-create tools and programs that help young people self-identify as changemakers and master critical pathways for thriving as changemakers, such as: empathy, collaborative leadership, team-of-teams culture building, and changemaking (creative problem solving). Visit Youth Venture online and follow on us on Twitter: @Youth_Venture.

Ashoka Changemaker Schools enable all students to become changemakers: young people with the skills and confidence to change the world for the good of all. At Ashoka Changemaker Schools, students are learning the essential skills of empathy, creativity, thoughtfulness, leadership, and teamwork so that they can thrive in the modern world and find solutions to our most complex problems. We have adapted our methodology for selecting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to identifying and selecting a global network of Changemaker Schools. Follow us on Twitter: @AshokaCMschools.

The Ashoka Changemaker-Xchange is a global collaboration platform for young social entrepreneurs. It gathers some of the world’s most exciting changemakers at summits around the world to exchange and co-create ideas. The Changemaker-Xchange brings together young social entrepreneurs from 40 different countries in Europe and the Middle East, including Turkey, North Africa, and Asia.

Ashoka U works with colleges and universities to foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation. Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. We collaborate with colleges and universities to break down barriers to institutional change and foster a campus-wide culture of social innovation. See Ashoka U’s Theory of Change for tipping higher education. Follow us on Twitter: @AshokaU.