Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.
The Civic Support Initiative in Lebanon strengthens civil society capacity to mobilize youth, promote conflict mitigation, and advocate for peaceful national and local change.
Funded by USAID through its Office of Transition Initiatives, the Civic Support Initiative in Lebanon provides small, in-kind grants to organizations working with youth in marginalized and conflict-prone areas. The initiative has partnered with numerous nongovernmental organizations, youth groups, and other civil society actors.
Funded by USAID, Pathfinder's FORSA project, which means 'opportunity' in Arabic, is working to provide immediate job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth will support improved health information, health-seeking behavior, and access to quality health services for Egypt's most vulnerable populations. FORSA is also working to build the capacity of women and provide them with in-kind support to start their own microenterprises, thus helping alleviate poverty.
Led by Partners of the Americas, A Ganar (Vencer in Brazil) is a youth workforce development program wrapped up in a soccer ball. By utilizing soccer and other team sports to help youth in Latin America, ages 16-24, find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system, A Ganar combats the serious problem of youth unemployment.
TheGarissa YouthProject (G-Youth) is designed to create enabling environments that empower youth in different ways through a youth-owned, youth-led model.The project supports youth in designing and managing initiatives that improve economic and social opportunities for themselves and their communities, enables increased numbers of Garissan youth to have greater access to livelihood opportunities and the world of work, increases youth retention and transition to secondar
The Iraqi Youth Initiative is a new private sector initiative designed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create employment opportunities for young Iraqis was initiated this week by the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program. The project hopes to expose young Iraqis living in underserved or impoverished areas to essential business skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in 2008 and is already making a difference in the lives of vulnerable Ugandan teenage girls and young women. Organised into 690 clubs for 13 to 22 year olds, the programme provides a safe place for them to socialise and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills. Near the end of 2009, some began receiving microfinance loans and have launched their own businesses.
Girl Hub’s job is to unleash the Girl Effect.
What’s the Girl Effect? It’s when the 600 million adolescent girls in the developing world get a chance to grow into healthy mothers, active citizens and educated members of their societies – and transform their families, communities and nations along the way.
The Girl Effect is a revolution waiting to happen. It just needs a few things.
Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), a joint initiative of Navsarjan and Janvikas, is located in Village Nani Devti, about 30 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was founded in July 1999, and was given its current name in 2003. Several thousands of students have now completed courses at DSK.
On April 12, 2010, the UNESCO Executive Board endorsed this 5-year strategy that will guide UNESCOs work on youth development and civic engagement in Africa until 2013. The strategy was developed in close collaboration with Member States, the African Union Commission, and young people.