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Ashoka India’s Youth Venture Program leading social transformation through Young Changemakers


With its vision ‘Everyone a Changemaker world, Ashoka’s Youth Venture Program was launched in India to empower Indian youngsters to become agents of social change by encouraging them to emerge with innovative ideas and social ventures. Ashoka’s Youth Venture is an international community of young changemakers, with over 6,000 Venture teams in 23 countries across the globe. The Youth Venture program in India identifies 20 young changemakers across the country every year who have taken initiatives in their own spaces to create a bigger impact in the society. These 20 youth venturers between the of age 12-20 years are offered mentorship, support and training for their respective ideas or projects. The program aims to create a community of such young changemakers and establish a platform for them to scale up their ideas by exposing and connecting them to a global network of mentors and changemakers.

First cohort of Ashoka Youth Venturers (India)
First cohort of Ashoka Youth Venturers (India)

The program being highly coveted undergoes a two-step selection process. The first round starts with an online application form which is  followed by the second round of pitching where the young changemakers are made to pitch their innovative ideas and ventures to a distinguished panel.  The Youth Venturers are selected on the basis of their demonstrated passion and commitment towards social change, their leadership potential and their aspiration to become change representatives for their society.

The eligibility criteria for the program are as follows –

Young people between ages 12 and 20 years old who:

  • are leading SOCIAL CHANGE and creating IMPACT on their communities
  • have credible business plans that will be SUSTAINABLE
  • exhibit changemaking skills: EMPATHY, CREATIVITY, LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK
  • have an adult “ALLY/ADVISOR” willing to support, but not control the venture
  • work with a STRONG TEAM

The top- 20 applicants selected constitute a cohort of youth venturers. The first cohort of Ashoka Youth Venture India was formed in 2015 which comprised of 14 brilliant young changemakers who have ventured into different fields like media and journalism, education, rural livelihood, etc to make a difference in the society at large.  The ‘call for applications‘ for the second cohort of Ashoka Youth Venture Program is currently open and the deadline for applying online is 31st March 2016. For the application form, click here.
This Youth Venture Program will spark off a youth led social transformation in India in the coming years and will revolutionise the existing face of the society.

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THE OPTIMIST CITIZEN‘ was a  part of the first cohort of Ashoka’s Youth Venture (India)


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