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PAPILIO

Papilio is a program for kindergartens for the early prevention of the development of addiction and violence problems. It promotes social emotional competencies and reduces first instances of disturbed behavior. It protects children against the development of addiction and violence problems.

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2013

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Kenya, NA, Nairobi

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Kenya, NA, Kenya

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1987/07/19

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I will gain more on how to improve my startup, employee more youth and network with like minded people on how we can improve and learn more from them.

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The ReConnect Movement

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CIYOTA

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CIYOTA Hostels are homes to refugee students who cannot afford boarding fees.

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2005

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Uganda, Kampala

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Uganda, Kampala

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SurvivorHood Tanzania

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Project Oral Health for Juvenile Diabetics

In 1996, Project Oral Health for Juvenile Diabetics (POHJD) was initiated to provide dental treatment to type 1 diabetics in Metro Manila. The project was started with the premise that the oral health of type 1 diabetic patients is largely neglected because of the financial demands of diabetes.

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Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)

YSRP is dedicated to improving outcomes for youth in charged and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system. YSRP provides mitigation support to court-appointed attorneys on behalf of children facing adult charges, and helps children and their families begin planning for reentry before a sentenc

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Extraordinary Extras-Fun Education 2 Fight Poverty

Our mission is to provide diverse and fun literacy opportunities to promote education & end poverty. Our project in the Philippines will not only provide opportunities for ANYONE to read and become more educated, but we will also have a FUN incentive-based Learning program for Poor & Homeless Kids.

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Eeva

Eeva is a Melbourne based not-for-profit developing and delivering programs which empower individual capability, self-determination and community participation ofVictorian youth. Eeva’s core purpose is to uncover the factors that impact on participation as well as completion of secondary education

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Tribe of Lambs

We are creating compassionate consumers by providing the opportunity for conscious shoppers to empower small business owners and at risk children in developing economies. We offer an evolutionary social business model, unique fashion accessories, and an inspiring vision of change.

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'Safe Cuts' barbershop (use protection!)

'Safe Cuts' barbershop is a social venture whose primary focus is to use barbering as a means to reduce and campaign against the spread of transmitted diseases which can be contracted from haircuts. It also aims to empower youths in my community through barbering.

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Samidare

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United States, CA, Los Angeles

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

This addresses the mental health issue. Unlike real diseases which are killing our cells and organs, mental illness is killing our heart. People are hurting everyday by loneliness, depression and anger. It will hurt some more, then some more and some more until there is nothing left in them yet mental illness does not need cutting-edge technology or thirty years of experience medical professionals. All it needs is connection. My site is going to offer connections for people that would understand one another.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

The website will first give out a detailed the survey to group users into specific types. However, the most important of the site is while grouping into each person, it also needs to address everyone's difference. It then will connect people who have the same experience and allow them to talk to each other. It will start out as one person talk and the other listen. After a certain length of conversation, the listener will be able to propose solution and comforting. This is for the precaution of certain insensitive response from some uses. This site will be anonymous. The only identification to be seen is the personality result you get from the survey. The site will also produce personalized music and art to offer additional support.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

For example, if a person who has just been through a trauma such as a veteran and refuses to share it with people nearby because of his pride, then my site might help. This user will first take a survey. It will be rather long and would be interesting. The survey will judge the person based on his personality as well as his decision if he is put into certain situation. Then he will receive the general type of his kind personality yet will also address his own unique ones. The site will then give him

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

Ideally, all population will be affected. In the end, all humans have their weak moments. Sometimes, we all want to talk to someone but we don't want our friends or family to worry. We want to stay strong yet the more we suppress it the weaker we become. This site will allow us to jump out our friend circle and allow us to find people who are just like us.
The other organization working on this is called the experience project. The difference is they group users for their experiences yet samidare will group users based on users personality and how they react in certain situation.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

The inspiration comes from the Santa Barbara shooting last summer. The reason this person went on rampaging is simply because he thought he was alone. He thought no one else understood his pain and he was alone. Samidare can make a difference by letting these people know that there are people with similar circumstances out there and they are still thriving. This webiste can let them see hope.

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This venture will identify unique individual and connect him or her with others.

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What do you want to accomplish in your first year?

I want to finish building my website, expanding my team up to around 7 members. I want to let people out there know that there is something can help them. I want to have around 10000 users in my first year and I want to tell all the people from wall street that this is their chance to get involved in something amazing and something can make a real difference.

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Website constructed with capacity at least up to 1000 users

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Website finished

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Team expanded

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Capital raised

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Expand the site up to at least three different continents with at least a million users.

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Marketing and advertisement

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Successful stories of helping others

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More financial capital raised

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

The short term success would be having a completed website with the ability to hold up to thousands of users. Most of the site should be functioning and the users will be hopefully around 10000.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

In long term, our site should be able to go global meanwhile attracting at least 20 million funds from the investors. Ideally it should attract the huge firm like facebook and twitter. Be acquired by firms like that would also be beneficial.

How will you measure success?

There will not be any actual success if the mental illness still exists on earth. Hopefully, one day everyone will be using Samidare and understanding each other. No one would ever be alone and wonder why they don't have anyone to talk to. No one would bring guns to high school just because they are rejected by the girls they like. Ideally, everyone would find their own unique type of personality and find where they belong in Samidare and find friends who are compatible.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

I have 2 members on my team so far and I believe my success will attract sight from others.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

I will find out which of the members are most passionate about this project and willing to sacrifice the most. Everyone has talent but not everyone has heart. Heart is what would make a real difference in social entrepreneurship.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

I would go from door to door to convince investors. I personally have some savings from financial investments and I would let all these venture capitalists know that my site is worth their money. More importantly, one day, they would be begging for me to take their money. They might as well do it now.

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Summer Jobs for Impacted Youth

Summer Jobs in Los Angeles for at-risk youth will help decrease violent crime rates.

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I am a freshman at USC, and while my campus is safe and enclosed, the surrounding area has a reputation for being dangerous and unpredictable. However, I have come to realize that what we are afraid of isn't actually the surrounding area of USC, but the people. Los Angeles has thousands of high risk kids that come from poor backgrounds. According to Evelyn Blumenberg from UCLA, child poverty rates are high and nearly one quarter of all children in Los Angeles live in poverty, which has negative consequences for children and their future life chances. This environment of poverty leads to crime; children in poor neighborhoods have a higher chance of getting arrested at a young age. When they are released from jail, with no resources or other means to turn to the cycle continually perpetuates. Recently, I read an article in the Washington Post about how the city of Chicago tried to decrease violent crime rates among urban youth. Chicago gave hundreds of high-risk kids a summer job, and as a result violent crime arrests plummeted. I believe that a similar program at USC would be extremely beneficial, not only for LA youth but for the community and city as well. First we identify which children are at risks; those with low grades, from low income backgrounds and those that have a history of arrests or those that are victims of crime are at risk for continuing to commit violent crimes when they are older. Then we partner with the city and other organizations across LA. Students can work minimum wage jobs with government or non-profit employers. Some examples of possible jobs are being camp counselors, office assistances, working in community gardens, or picking up trash. Each student, in addition, should receive a mentor to help them learn to manage their work and emotions during the program. The program will last for twelve weeks during the summer. My venture will track the progress of at-risk youth and see if it has an impact on crime reoccurrence.

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

My venture will reach out to businesses, government organizations, and NGO's across LA. My venture will also employ volunteer mentors for these children, to help them succeed at their part time job. Mentors will be important to this process because they will help the at-risk kids form goals for the future, as well as overcome any difficulties they are facing at their jobs. The most important part of this venture is to find businesses that are willing to cooperate with my program, as well as getting the city involved. In addition, the recent hike in minimum wage that has been proposed for LA could create upwards of 64,700 jobs. My venture will take advantage of these new jobs and try to give at-risk children a chance to work and make a positive impact in their own lives. I believe that if you simply give these kids something to do, the chance they will commit crime will greatly decrease, as seen in Chicago.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

The model I am basing my idea on is the study that was run in Chicago. Chicago started a summer jobs program for teenagers attending high schools in some of the cities high crime low income neighborhoods. The program connected students to work, but also curbed higher crime. Research on the program by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, published in the journal Science in December of 2015 suggests that students who participated in the program had 43 percent fewer violent-crime arrests, compared to students that did not. This example demonstrates that my venture has been successful in another state and can work. Los Angeles, like Chicago, also has many high crime low income neighborhoods. This example shows that an intervention like an twelve week summer jobs program can have a positive and lasting effect on teenager behavior.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

I work on behalf of the Los Angeles community. The population that is affected is primarily in central-city neighborhoods, such as the one around USC. Other organizations currently working towards this goal are Hire LA's Youth. The difference, however, is I want to focus on at-risk youth and track their progress to see if it has an impact on crime reoccurrence.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

After writing several papers on the revolving door that seems to be the criminal justice system, I wanted to understand and know how to change this. Many youth do not have the resources to escape the cycle of poverty they are born into. I think that giving youth actual work experience will make a positive impact in the long run for the youth and the city.

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Summer Jobs in Los Angeles for at-risk youth will help decrease violent crime rates.

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In my first year I want to identify the kids that are at-risk and then find them a part time job.

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identify at risk kids

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find several schools in low-income neighborhoods

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talk to the principle of the school as well and identify at risk kids in each school

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gain support from the parents of each child as well as the children for the summer job program

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reach out to businesses

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Gather a team to support my venture

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Publish ads and contact the government; gain publicity

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reach of to several businesses and offer incentives for them to give kids summer jobs

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place children in summer jobs and give them individual mentors

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find volunteer mentors for each children

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place each child with a mentor, and with the help of the mentor let them choose a summer job

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track progress of each child in their summer job

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

Success in the short term will simply be to gain enough support from the community and the government to begin to implement this project. The most important part will be finding enough businesses that are willing to give part time or full time minimum wage jobs to at-risk kids.

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

In the long term success will be a significant reduction in crime rates among at-risk youth in the program.

How will you measure success?

Success will be measured if I and the program can make a positive impact in these kids lives. I will measure this by whether the crime rates among children in the program have actually decreased, and whether or not the program has been able to expand.

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How will you recruit new members for your venture?

I will recruit new members through USC websites, the recruitment fair at USC, as well as emails and maybe speaking in some of my classes.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

To transfer leadership I will create and e-board and there will be an application and voting process to transfer leadership.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

In 6-months time, hopefully I will gain additional funding to expand the program beyond simply at risk youth and be able to include other youth, such as youth that are homeless, or foster kids.

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BAKERY FOR PUENTE NEGRO, ROSARIO, ARGENTINA

In the shanty town area called Puente Negro there is a high percentage of vulnerable adolescents taking to drugs and other addictions due to unemployment and lack of any concept of self worth

we intend to set up a factory making breads, confectionery and pasta, essential items in every family

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HANDS FOR KNEADING

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2014

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Argentina, S, ROSARIO

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Argentina, S, ROSARIO

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In the shanty town area called Puente Negro there is a high percentage of vulnerable adolescents taking to drugs and other addictions due to unemployment and lack of any concept of self worth

we intend to set up a factory making breads, confectionery and pasta, essential items in every family

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

we can show people here that our area can produce something positive

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

our youths are victims of and sitting targets for drug traffickers., caught up in wars between gangs. leducation is very basic, not even finishing primary. result in no employment, lack of self worth, marginalisation, leading to drug addiction, delinquency etc

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

we propose setting up a factory to make breads, pasta confectionery. this will be in 2 stages ; first stage will be for 3 months giving the youths a specific job training and training in personal and community skills: second stage will commence by setting up the business of making and selling the breads etc. there is not nor has there ever been a factory producing goods in this area.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This area is a very disadvantaged area. it would prove exemplary to show healthy and positive means of escaping social exclusion. even though all the young people will not be involved, the project will offer a template to be followed by those willing to change their lives. it will give local people great hope and convidence in themselves to see that people from this area are able to work together and produce something worthwhile. it will help their self image and give them pride in their community as will of course as being an ecomomical benefit to the area

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

project at idea stage

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

our products are essential staples of the daily family diet and they are economical.
we have at our disposal the kitchen at the community centre, industrial cooker and oven, fridge, drinking water, utensils etc.
we need funding to pay course givers and participants for first three months, and for groceries to be used. in the 4th month we start selling locally and share profits. then extend further afield employing delivery and sales men

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

initially it will be very localized , in our own neighbourhood,
as reputation builds we will then go to shops further afield and hopefully word of mouth will benefit us as well

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

this idea has been sent by a group of people (volunteers) in the community having heard about this competition. it is chosen because we have so much available(kitchen), because it will help the area economically but most of all it is of interest to the people of the area

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

at present the team consists of two teachers, patricia castelli and andrea torres , carina (community worker), and fr jorge

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THE PROJECT IS AT PRIMARY STAGE. WE HAVE THE IDEA TO PUT INTO PRACTICE. THEREFOR WE HAVE NO AWARDS TO DATE

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I LIVE IN IRELAND AND HEARD ABOUT THIS FROM JOHN EVOY(info@menssheds.ie) who has benefited from this competition. John new i had worked in rosario and have very close ties with the community. i am always anxious to find ways to help them in their struggle for social development

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Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

biggest challenge will be non attendance so we intend to pay participants a supplement to encourage attendance for the formation part (first 3 months) . after that we intend selling the breads etc and workers will be paid from profits

Our Nation's Sons

‘Our Nation’s Sons’ aims to spread a solution by persuading entire communities to address the very real problem of young male apathy and mental well-being. This street art project goes beyond mere debate and is a pioneering way of focusing Ireland’s urgent need for action.

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Our Nation's Sons

‘Our Nation’s Sons’ aims to spread a solution by persuading entire communities to address the very real problem of young male apathy and mental well-being. This street art project goes beyond mere debate and is a pioneering way of focusing Ireland’s urgent need for action.

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Our Nation's Sons

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Large-scale street art project dealing with young male mental wellbeing & apathy

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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

Year founded

2012

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Ireland

Country where this project is creating social impact

Ireland

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

‘Our Nation’s Sons’ aims to spread a solution by persuading entire communities to address the very real problem of young male apathy and mental well-being. This street art project goes beyond mere debate and is a pioneering way of focusing Ireland’s urgent need for action.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if a large-scale drawing could re-establish respect for and showcase the capabilities of our nation's sons.

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

With emigration, mental health well-being, youth unemployment and suicide at the door of most Irish households, I choose not to stand idly by whilst any young man is left behind. To date I have recruited 54 young men to help work on the project and install the large-scale drawings. Together we have begun to resonate and disrupt the visual landscape of our villages, towns and cities. We have empowered young men and given them a sense of belonging.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A drawing has the power to go further than words. But a 125ft drawing, as was the scale of our largest installation (seven stories), has the power to pull a passer-by from the mundane, the power to trend and the power to gain real social momentum. Together we have brought much needed debate surrounding suicide, young male mental health and unemployment to the fore. But more importantly we have without question highlighted the potential that resides within young irish men. We have set the conversation agenda within the cities we have installed the pieces through real social action, hard work and visually beautiful works of art.

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This project/social campaign has the focused and deliberate aim of re-positioning the maligned image of a segment of youth in a community. Smacking of the same sort of comfy classicism that keeps certain youth marginalised, recent trends in Ireland have begun to demonise an entire generation of youth, particularly boys, using collective guilt by association and insidiously damning methods of generalisation about their appearance and culture.

I don't buy into stereotypes and the current portrayal of young men through the media is shameful. It is not my experience as a teacher. Yes I come across racism, violence, sectarianism, poverty but I also see power, god-given talent, empathy and determination on a daily basis.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

To date we have installed drawings in four of the major cities across Ireland and have recruited a total of 54 young men. On a micro level the project has created within them a sense of empowerment and unleashed an energy. They have been given a voice within a community in which they have been alienated to an extent. This energy transfers to immediate family and friends and you quickly begin to steer the conversation within that village, town or city. The macro impact of these installations is sometimes very difficult to quantify but we have trailblazed through online press, local and national newspapers and cultural festivals across Ireland.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

It is my aim to increase our installations by 200% in the coming year. Work has already been initiated in Dublin, Belfast, Waterford, Derry, Sligo and Kilkenny. There are 4 street art festivals taking place in Ireland annually, a total of 68 in the UK and there is ever increasing appetite for such events worldwide. Following my success in the Irish market this year, I wish is to install a minimum of three pieces at separate international events in the coming twelve months and increase this by 150% year on year.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Over the past eighteen months I have gained significant financial support from businesses, specifically through CSR funding, and from regional government. It is my plan to continue down this line of fund sourcing for the next 2 years as I grow the sale of artistic work to such a level as to break away from this current model. This hybrid model has allowed significant peripheral development and has generated new income through public speaking.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Businesses, Regional government, Customers.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Other projects are in existence nationally that engage with men. However, there is none that target this specific grouping of young men. Neither is there a cross border entity in existence to focus on a whole island approach. Moreover, neither is there a project that can speak to a community so dramatically. There is a significant movement in the area of street art towards the generation of social awareness. The project is Irish but is transferable to many geographical locations. You only need to think of Trayvon Martin or even reposition yourself to Cleveland, Ohio or Ferguso, Misouiri.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I am a secondary school art teacher for just over seven years now and in that short time I have lost five of my kids to suicide. Nothing can prepare you for that. As you stand at the top of the class the following day and comfort your class, you have to impart empathy and absorb the profound sense of shock. You also need to show strength as those students rely on you to walk them through this devastation. It came to the point where I felt I had walked too far and had taken this journey too many times.

So I took some time out and began to focus on how this had changed me. I took my greatest talents, being able to draw and being able to develop meaningful interactions with young men & I fused them into a project that can make a difference.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

I am the central member of the project. I have a team of young male recruits in each city I install the drawings. Alongside this I have a team of volunteers, photographers, cameramen, film editors, a film director and a composer.

The team has evolved as the project moved from location to location. However, some key positions have remained constant. To date we have launched an international film festival & an international assemble of influence

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Association of Illustrator's worldwide New Talent Award in Public Realm Illustration 2013
Arthur Guinness Projects Art Award 2013
Bank of Ireland Start-Up Awards National Finalist 2014
Join Our Core - Irish Finalist 2014
Launched the 26th Galway Film Fleadh 2014.
Installed three drawings in Limerick as part of ‘Limerick City Of Culture, 2014’.
Launched ‘One Young World Summit Dublin, 2014’.
Awarded Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnership Grant 2013.
Speaker at ‘Bright Conference' Amsterdam 2012.
Speaker at 'Other Voices' 2014.
Speaker at 'Resolution' 2014.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Makers of More launch event in Shoreditch.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Galway Film Fleadh - the Galway Film Fleadh is the most prestigious annual film festival in Ireland. It attracts a huge international audience and this year I launched the Fleadh with two large-scale installations alongside a short film.
Pieta House - Pieta House is an Irish suicide and self harm prevention charity. This year they launched a campaign entitled 'Mind Our Men'. Collaboratively we marked International Men's Day November 19th.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The major challenge I currently face is the successful implementation of our funding strategy. We are moving through the initial stages of a hybrid phase and need to secure significant grant funding as we develop our commissioned/collaboration work and sales potential. I have targeted key social entrepreneur funding agencies and have been active in the development of online sales, key collaborative ventures, targeted crowd funding and exhibitions of documented and original artwork.

Syrian Changemakers

We want to achieve a simple yet important goal: change the perception people have of Syrian refugees. Our message is straightforward: refugees are changemakers and innovators. Not victims and a problem. Our goal: develop a transmedia project consisting of: film, an educational tookit, blogs, stories

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Art For Life

The Project will aim at street children who will be trained in various aspects of art and music with a message on global warming and climate change. These will be used as a medium to disseminate these messages through community Day Secondary Schools and Community based organisations respectively.

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Climate Change Education Through Music and Art

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Malawi, Blantyre

Country where this project is creating social impact

Malawi, Blantyre

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The Project will aim at street children who will be trained in various aspects of art and music with a message on global warming and climate change. These will be used as a medium to disseminate these messages through community Day Secondary Schools and Community based organisations respectively.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if street children can be trained in various aspects of art and music and then go out into communities to reach thousand with the message?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Malawi, as one of the Developing countries in the Sub Saharan Africa, has a high rate of street children. Much of this has been due to orphan hood due to HIV/Aids before the arrival of ARV's in Malawi. Now these children spend most of their time on the streets, not because they do not want to do anything with their lives, but rather because they feel there is nothing productive that they can do to better themselves and the society as a whole.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

By getting these children off the streets and train them in various aspects of Art and Music, not only will they be able to do something productive but they will also be able to take the message of climate and personal change and transformation both to their communities. In so doing, it will be a clear demonstration that every life can have a meaning only if given the chance to shine. Most of these children are talented already in their own way, so by harnessing that talent combined with a climate change message and bringing it to a wider audience, it will be a way of proving to themselves and the communities that change has to start from within ourselves before we can expect anything else to change outside. This change will be visible.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine we have a fourteen year old child out on the street who should be protected and probably should have been in school. But because he is an orphan, the grandparents could not afford the very basics of life and so he is forced to join up with some friends and learning to do things on his own. This same boy is then given a chance to learn how to sing, play an instrument, act in short plays, write poetry (if he/she can write) on serious subject like Climate Change and Global warming, water scarcity, child education, child abuse etc etc. This child's story will have been a story of remarkable, visible change from the inside out both personally and the audiences to whom the art will be presented.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

The project will target over 50 street children in the city of Blantyre. It will not only equip these children with life changing skills, but also they will be inspiration to others. They will be trained in many aspects of Art and Music, dance, poetry and acting. For those who can read/write, they will be trained in other aspects of the production of their peers work. So from within themselves, there will be musicians, singers, poets, producers and all these are skills they will take with them wherever they may go whether they decide to venture into any of those fields or remain within the group. Once the fifty have been trained, they will take an important message to community day secondary schools, community centers and community based organizations through performances.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

The spread strategy will be through public performances and exhibitions of the works. Thus will be done in all community day secondary schools, community based organisations and public places including the very streets from which some of these children will have had spent much of their time previously.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I was walking through the streets ob Blantyre one evening after my hard day at work. I noticed that there were groups of these kids just hanging around. It was until a woman said "These kids are thieves, they just want to rob people...." and other unpleasant words that I realised, they were not the thieves who were out to "rob people" but that they were on the street because they was nowhere else for them to go, hence Art For Life.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

There the Team
Feston Konzani - Founder - Works as a Senior I T Specialist
George Konzani - Mentor - Pastor & Radio Presenter
Matthews Naphazi - Mentor - Musician
Markus Ngulube - Mentor - IT Music
Lyford Lakayana - Mentor - Behaviour Change Counsellor
Liness Chimoyo - Secretary - Young Girls Counsellor
Roda Sakwata - Mentor

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

N/A

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Online

Tell us about your partnerships:

Community Based Organisations (CB0s), Community Day Secondary Schools, Local Churches, Community Centres

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The Biggest challenge is financial ability to fully develop the project.

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NASARAWA STATE
Nigeria
8° 38' 0.9168" N, 8° 7' 47.9064" E

 Nigerian youths tackle daily series of problems such as poverty, unemployment, conflicts and diseases. This problem therefore, will demand that the youths be empowered with creative problem-solving skills.

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Project Subtitle

Take The Chance - Make The Change

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Start-Up (a pilot that has just begun operating)

Year founded

2013

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For‐profit

Organization Country

Singapore, Singapore

Country where this project is creating social impact

Singapore, Singapore

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Make The Change is a Social Enterprise that through education and mentorship, engages creative community to volunteer their time and expertise in social projects that helps social enterprises and NGOs to achieve their social mission.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

All social enterprises and NGOs have great marketing collaterals and targeted marketing campaigns that are affordable and easy to implement

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There are many social enterprises and NGOs that have great ideas for and awesome social missions, unfortunately they do not send out the right message do to the lack of a proper communication and marketing strategy due to lack of resources and different priorities.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Make the Change is helping solve this problem by helping them with creative services done by our pro-bono volunteers and mentors.
We meet these Social Enterprises and NGOs and build a marketing campaign that will meet their requirements and will help them achieve their social mission.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

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Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

- Singapore President Award Exhibition
- Public Service Campaign Exhibition in Seoul and Busan Korea

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Recommendation from Ashoka

Tell us about your partnerships:

Olswang - Legal Advice
MAD School - Volunteer engagement and training
Partners in other projects:
Olswang, Crossroads Community Center, Touch Community Services, Rotary, *Scape, SE Association, EMPACT, CHAT Community (Institute of Mental Health Singapore), Be Movement, Aiducation International, AVPN, STEP (Solutions To End Poverty)

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Strategy Development and Operations Framework:
We face challenges in measuring impact and management of skilled volunteers. We also need a system to manage “clients”.

Consistency in Quality Works:
Managing and controlling of volunteers’ work can be challenging.
We manage the risk by engaging experienced Chief Designer to oversee projects on a part time/voluntarily basis.

Irregular Volunteers
We may encounter difficulties to fulfill the organizations’ needs at short notice due to limited or availability of volunteers.

Cassava Flour to Fight Unemployment

Unemployment and poverty in Tole is driving youths to risky sexual behavior.
We aim to employ young people, build their skills and bring revenue into the area through the establishment of a social business and community center. We will be processing and selling cassava flour, among other things.

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Regenerate Tole community through food processing

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2014

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Cameroon, Buea

Country where this project is creating social impact

Cameroon, Buea (Tole)

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Unemployment and poverty in Tole is driving youths to risky sexual behavior.
We aim to employ young people, build their skills and bring revenue into the area through the establishment of a social business and community center. We will be processing and selling cassava flour, among other things.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if the community turns out to be a partner, not a beneficiary?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

We have been working with the community in Tole since our beginnings, 18 years ago. We have focused on assisting individual and groups business to progress. We are satisfied with the individual impacts, but not with our impact in the community as a whole, where unemployment and poverty are rampant and their natural resources are being taken away at way too cheap prices.
We conclude there is need for serious income to enter the community.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

A Reach Out(REO)-managed business will be established in the heart of Tole, employing local people. Experts will be hired to build the skills of the employees. The profit will be used to expand the business and REO different social programs in Tole.
The business will also act as head quarters in the community, providing trainings (handicrafts, producing of tomato sauce, cassava and plantain flour..) and resources (food dryer) to its population, while keeping closer contact with the population.
To maximize impact among different members of the community, raw materials will be bought at fair prices (cassava, maize, plantain..), encouraging the population to pursue farming as a profession, since youths are hardly attracted to it.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Mbu was farming for himself and occasionally selling at very low prices, he is now selling cassava to REO, has increased his household income and now his young daughter, is starting to show interest on the work at the farm.
Lum is a high-school drop out with three kids from different men who abandoned her, she was struggling to pay for school fees, but now is employed in REO's business center grinding and processing cassava products. She transforms Mbu raw product.
Gabriel is having his first job, he is distributing cassava flour around Buea with REO. He brings a bag to Emilia.
Emilia sells Puff-Puff (local pastry) in the streets of Buea, she could substitute wheat flour for cassava flour, increasing her daily profits.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Employment in Tole provides a range of positive qualitative outcomes: Previous beneficiaries reports range from being able to say no to unwanted sexual relations or transforming oneself from beggar to provider inside a family network to a general sense of being useful and having a purpose and an occupation.
When it comes to the product we know we can increase profits of the micro businesses we will be delivering to by at least 10% by substituting wheat with local alternatives.
It will also have an impact in our other ongoing projects in the community, where we support vulnerable youths and women to start businesses, by making their potential clients (our employees) richer.
Skills and resources will be provided to those employed and to any interested person. Workshops will be regularly held on different income generating activities and the use of the equipments.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Within 5-10 years:
· Unemployment in Tole has reduced and its differences with the city of Buea are quite hard to see with any social indicator.
The business center led to many outcomes: loans, workshops, community-led business ventures and even cultural activities.
· Cassava, corn and plantain flour are produced all over Cameroon and are used in the variety of pastry products that Cameroonians love and avidly consume.
Imported wheat flour remains a useful commodity but not an essential one.
· Reach Out has gathered data and is now applying an improved approach in at least 1 community

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Reach Out is committed to sustainability of all its projects. The strength of this one is that is a business, reducing the need to constantly look for donors.
The profits generated will be used to pay the employees, face running costs and invest into expanding the business. When expanding is not advisable the profit will be used into projects in Tole, such as loans and grants to small entrepreneurs and Workshops on Income Generating Activities.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Greyston Social enterprise, in the UK, is using a similar approach. They are baking cookies to employ people, as main objective. That is the same reason why we want to produce cassava flour and other manufactured products.
We differ from them in infrastructure, the position in the production chain, and the fact that they work in a western country.
But the main difference is experience, they are a established company on the field of social enterprise and we ought to learn a lot from them, even with our different backgrounds. We will try to reach to them to seek for advise.
www.greyston.org

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Reach Out Cameroon (REO) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) head quartered in Buea with 18 years experience in development oriented projects and programmes. REO was founded in 1996 and authorized by the government of Cameroon in December 2000 with registration N0.082/G37/D14/1/vol.6/OAPP/69.

REO stems from the vision of the Founder and Executive Director- Omam Esther Njomo and has been shaped over time with invualuable insights and efforts from Medical Doctors, Gender Analysts, Social Workers, Nurses, Community Relay Agents, Agronomists and experts in many other fields from all over the world.

Over the past years, REO has provided assistance in community development, health and sanitation, gender empowerment and wealth creation

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

REO, with 18 years of existence, has a board of Directors with 12 members and 16 staff mixing volunteers and paid workers. The Wealth Creation Department has 2 permanent staff and 2 volunteers. The Head of Department holds an MSc. and has gathered experience for three years in development economics. Her assistant has experience running a mildly successful business. The joint efforts of recruited experts will improve the out put of the business

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None. Yet.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

We got to know about changemakers.org through an e-mail that someone from globalgiving.org sent us asking us to submit projects or judge projects.

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Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Marketing of the products might be a problem as wheat flour use is rooted into Cameroonian behavior and its price is affordable.
We have an extensive network of users of wheat flour that sell in the informal economy, is their behavior that we want to change and some of them will be part of the project since its inception.

Ladify

About 30% of young Cameroonian girls are uneducated and lack skills in areas of leadership and trade. Ladify will be a local initiative empowering ladies via free basic education, tailoring, handicrafts, design and business-leadership trainings . They will also gain practical business skills.

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Ladify empowers young Cameroonian Ladies through free inspirational instruction and practical tailoring trainings to make them excel in society.

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LADIFY

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Cameroon, SOU

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Hybrid

Do you work with any social organizations?

Yes: Africa Progress Alliance

How did you hear about the competition?

Through participation in SUSI 2014

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Summary: What specific issue or problem does your Venture address?

70% of Cameroonian women never get exposed to leadership and entrepreneurship development courses. Also, about 30% of them lack professional skills in at least one domain. As such, they are discriminated upon in employment proceedings; they are generally abused and never have the courage to stand up and “fight”; and sometimes, the only option that is left for them is prostitution whether out rightly or in a hidden manner”

Misson Statement: What will your venture do?

Our mission is to provide free sustainable and innovative assistance to young underprivileged Cameroonian girls in areas of leadership, business and academic development. We trust that our efforts and dedication will help young girls to flee from poverty and social ills.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

Imagine Aminata, a 16 year old Muslim girl who loosed both of her parents in a car accident.. She went to live at her uncle’s house where she was treated as a “slave maid” for 1 year since she had nothing doing. One day, on her way to the market, she falls on a group of women who say they “help young girls to be stronger, gain some skills and intellectually fit“. She decides to follow them and gets to attend their weekly trainings on business, female leadership, and tailoring/design and works at their showroom. After 1 year of training, she had gained some money, business and leadership experience, and went out to create her own tailoring shop and impact in their own way.

The Community: Define the community that you work on behalf of. What population is affected? Are there other organizations working in this space?

The community we are engaged with is principally the Buea community. Specifically, we will focus on underprivileged ladies between 11-29 in terms of low income, abuse and discrimination of all kind. We see to empower them and they will have the obligation to empower others. Some organizations like Africa Progress Alliance are already working in these areas but there is still a great need for female assistance because these associations offer general support and not specific assistance to women.

Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?

I had a very close friend whose father died when we were just 13. Slowly, financial difficulties forced her out of school. Life was so miserable in her home that she fled to her aunty’s home where she was maltreated and “used” as a slave . She ran her aunt’s place and went staying with her boyfriend. Then came the day when she felt pregnant and her boyfriend threw her to the street. Due to her financial conditions she had nowhere to go so she returned to her aunt’s place. Her aunt even maltreated her more to the point that she had a miscarriage. She escaped from the house and became a prostitute. Seeing her in this state, I decided to act.

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Ladify empowers young Cameroonian Ladies through free inspirational instruction and practical tailoring trainings to make them excel in society.

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Legal Registration: 20th December
Acquiring rented premises: 28th December 2014
Official Launching: January 1st 2015
Obtain partnership with two volunteer institutions: 20th January 2015
Launching showroom: 1ST of February 2015

First enrolment of 16 trainees and launching of training program: 2nd February 2015

Obtain support with 2 sponsor companies: 30th March 2015
Hold 2 seminars on female empowerment between 8th march and 30th November 2015
First Graduation of “Ladified” girls: December 2015

Set your first goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

launching the Training program

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Obtaining all equipments like sewing machines and projectors necessary for trainings

Task 2

Establishing curricula in the various specialties

Task 3

Finding partner tailoring shops for trainees’ internship

Set a second goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

opening the showroom

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Identifying business premises that have ideal location and low costs

Task 2

Launching the business and putting merchandise for sale

Task 3

Making massive publicity of our business to attract customers

Set a third goal or milestone for your Venture Team in the next 6 months that will bring you to your vision

Getting at least 5 partners and sponsor

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach this goal

Task 1

Contacting a wide array of NGOs and Social enterprises/entrepreneurs for partnership and volunteerism assistance

Task 2

Contacting governmental organizations for institutional support

Task 3

Contacting enterprises for sponsorship

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How will your Venture define success in the short term (1-12 months)?

We will define success in terms of 4 main criteria
Having at least 16 ladies engaged and fully committed in our program

Increase in the tailoring skills of our trainees as manifested by high quality designed dresses and jewelry form the trainees

Having at least 80 recurrent customers and appropriate sales and income from our showroom

An increase at least one partner and one sponsor for the project every trimester

In the long-term (1-3 years)?

In a long-term, we will define success in 4 main areas:
Obtaining our own office to host our showroom and training center
Obtaining another branch in a neighboring town, Limbe
Getting permanent partnerships with companies and organizations
Having more than 100 girls touched directly through our program

How will you measure success?

First, using questionnaires addressed to all our stakeholders: Trainees; partners; sponsors; volunteers; and community agents. These will address the effectiveness and impact of our actions.
Second, we will keep a track record of the evolution of all Ladify Alumni and seek how far our training has helped them to be better people and impact the community.
Third, we will measure the number of people trained and compare it with the plans we have.
Fourth, we will form an evaluation committee made of volunteers from among the trainees, trainers and partner organisations. This committee will constantly measure and control activities of Ladify
Fifth, we will measure success based on the number of people who attend our open seminars

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Recruit:
First, by working with the national employment fund, a state HR agency, to get recruits without paying any charge.
Second; by advertising any vacancies on websites related to social/community works and related issues.

How will you appoint new leaders and transfer leadership when the founding members want to leave the team?

The leading members of Ladify will be elected via open elections Previous leaders can recommend the next leaders for general elections.. In case of transfer of leadership, the previous administrators will have to transfer all documents and information to the next elected administrators.

How will you continue your project in 6-months time or once you have spent all of its initial capital?

First, given that our main source of income and the pillar of our sustainability lies in sales of shoes, jewelry and clothing in general, we will use the revenue of sales from the showroom to fund our future activities
Second, we will also use funds from our sponsors. A key strategy is to build a strong brand and establish lasting relationships with sponsors. As such, we believe they will support us as we proceed with activities

The Art in Agriculture

If humans are to experience progressive elaboration, can we afford a generation of people who think the supermarket feeds them? This project will elevate the typical profile of 'farmer', create opportunities for entrepreneurs in agribusiness and inspire young people to "merge with the earth".

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An 'ARTivist' approach to making farming & food security appealing to youth

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2011

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Jamaica, KINGSTON

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Jamaica, KINGSTON & ST. ANDREW

Elevator Pitch: Share a concise summary. Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

If humans are to experience progressive elaboration, can we afford a generation of people who think the supermarket feeds them? This project will elevate the typical profile of 'farmer', create opportunities for entrepreneurs in agribusiness and inspire young people to "merge with the earth".

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

we all merged with the earth?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In today's society, at large, neither Art nor Agriculture are regarded with the honor and awe they deserve. How many children do you know who are inspired by the idea of being a farmer or artisan? Of course, there are some exceptional exceptions, but most of us live almost completely disconnected from the Earth. There are too many children who think the supermarket feeds them; too many people who go hungry when there are seeds and land to plant.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Use the Arts to make agriculture 'cool'...get it 'trending'. Remind the next generation how fun & fulfilling it can be to play in the dirt. How? Recruit fifty 13 to 18 year-olds for a two-week residential camp, and tell them the truth about food. Illustrate (literally, using images) how humans evolved through, and with, their relationship to food. Debate the position that food is always in universal demand; a commodity with appreciating market value. Explore value chains and entrepreneurship opportunities in agribusiness. Teach sustainable urban farming techniques. Encourage inter-generational exchange of information and ideas. Create works of art (musical, visual, culinary, dramatic) that will inspire a desire to merge with the earth.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

X is a boy growing up poor in urban Kingston. He steals food from the local wholesale; at least, until he realizes that he can farm the abandoned lot of land near his house and feed more people that way, than by looting. The first objective of the project is to make the issue of food security personally relevant to urban youth. Then, we equip them with the skills to address the problem. This project will impart knowledge of urban farming techniques, agribusiness and value chains. We'll adopt the experiential approach and DO what we seek to learn. Our goal is a two-week residential camp, where we will plant urban farms/gardens and create works of art. The main outcome desired is reintegration with the Earth, and the culture of Agriculture.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

These are some of the statistics and issues the project is designed to address: (1) Jamaica spends over $1 Billion USD annually on food imports, but only exports $250 Million USD worth of produce each year [JIS] (2) For the 70% of the world's poor who live in rural areas, agriculture is the main source of income and employment. In the Caribbean, the rural population is about 58% of the total population [World Bank] (3) Similar to food security, poverty is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, and needs to be assessed through several indicators; the relative and absolute dimensions of poverty need to be taken into account [fao.org] (4) "The culture industry has proved to be an efficient instrument for the growth of the economy...we have all the real conditions to turn our rich cultural diversity into an effective tool to combat hunger, poverty and social exclusion" -José M. Insulza, OAS

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

This initiative is scalable. Our goal is to host this 'ARTiculture' camp annually, thereby, continuously growing the population of youth who understand the direct relevance and sense of urgency about food security, earth consciousness and agribusiness. One of our primary goals is improved public perception of the farmer; highlighting that (s)he is more than dirty overalls and wide-brimmed hats. Imagine...more urban/backyard farms, vibrant agribusinesses, art that inspires a balanced and mutually productive relationship with the land, all leading to reduced poverty and social exclusion.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

(1) Spaces will be reserved for paying campers who can afford to cover program costs (2) We have already established the interest of three potential clients in the food service and naturopathy fields, who are seeking suppliers of various short-term crops (like herbs and vegetables) that could grow in the community/urban farms (3) We can sell or license our ARTicultural creations (paintings/sculpture/music) to publications & collectors

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, NGOs, Customers, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

These are some organizations that are already addressing the problem: College of Agriculture Science & Education, Rootz Underground (Artists for Agriculture), Farm Up Jamaica, Jamaica 4-H Clubs and The Source Farm, among others. So, why is the ARTiculure project we're proposing relevant?

Our objectives are focused on personal transformation, and achieving a fundamental paradigm shift in the general attitude among youth toward farming and agribusiness. Most of the existing initiatives seek to address the problem on the ground; we seek to address the problem in the mind.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Manifesto Jamaica is a social enterprise founded in 2010, committed to educating, exposing and empowering youth through art and culture. We believe that the creative arts can be used to effectively alleviate youth unemployment, poverty, violence and social exclusion.

Our mission is to develop and attract opportunities for young people that inspire creativity, productivity and elevated consciousness, by harnessing the talents of nation builders.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

We are artists, entrepreneurs, disruptive innovators and nation builders, committed to harnessing the power of art and creativity to heal, transform, inspire and materialize our most audacious hopes and dreams.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Canada International Development Agency Grant (2010)
European Union Grant (2012)
Tourism Enhancement Fund - Tin Forest Theatre Festival (2014)
British Council Grant - Run Free Project (2014)

Where have you learnt about the competition?

My siStar Joan Webley, Founder of Nanook and winner of the previous Makers of More challenge, shared the contest link.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Anubis Communications will support us with project management, implementation and publicity. We will attemp to establish partnerships with the following organizations, who can add value to both the agricultural and artistic aspects of the project: Rural Agricultural Development Agency, College of Agriculture Science & Education, The Source Farm, Artists for Agriculture, Farm Up Jamaica, Studio 174, Life Yard, Plant Jamaica, Paint Jamaica and JBDC

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

(1) Affording adequate contact hours with the youth, to effect real transformation. We will address this risk by establishing partnerships that can enable the project to continue as a weekend/after-school program. (2) Most of the youth we work with are from urban and 'inner-city' communities. Violence can erupt at any time and negatively affect project activities.

Sweet Progress

Sweet Progress organizes projects to empower local's to train and evolve beekeeping colonies. Our mission is to create jobs, improve the living environment, and to foster solutions of economic opportunity for the communities of Nicaragua, all within the parameters of sustainable development.

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2012

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Uganda, KYE, Kyenjojo

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KadAfrica builds resilient farming communities centered around the empowerment of young women. 1500 out of school girls have gained sustainable livelhood options as young agro-entrepreneurs cultivating passion fruit, while reinvigorating commercial fruit farming in Western Uganda.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if out of school girls could drive rural economies by becoming entrepreneurs engaging in high-value cooperative fruit farming?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

In Uganda, economic dependence is a primary driver of the many injustices facing out of school girls; as a result, they have limited choices and are often forced into early marriages or risky behaviors. Girls typically have limited access to small tracts of land with little knowledge of how to turn this resource into generated income. Additionally, poor agriculture practices and cultural stigmas have further discouraged entry into agriculture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

KadAfrica uses an integrative approach combining hands-on and curriculum based learning, that recognizes the interconnectedness between economic security and poor choices or risky behaviors among out of school girls in Western Uganda. In addition to gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training, girls are provided a 240m2 plot with 45 passion fruit vines to set up their own agribusinesses, intense technical support, and a ready market. Girls yield on average 100-150 kgs of fruit per month, garnering an income of $40-$50 over the same time period. These girls are not only earning and learning how to manage an income, they are becoming leaders in their communities and actively engaging in their local economies.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Girls are provided with cash purchase of passion fruit by KadAfrica which allows them to apply their newly acquired business acumen and profits realized through agriculture to expanding their farms or their entrepreneurial repertoire. One successful young woman, Beatty, has started a nursery school with her passion fruit money. Not only does she now have an additional source of income, but 75 children are benefitting from preschool care at the hands of this amazing young entrepreneur. These young women like Beatty have become inspirations to their communities. Not only do their families come out to support them at the farm, but KadAfrica now has a pending waitlist of more than 1200 farmers wanting to participate in our programming.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

As the largest passion fruit farm in Uganda, KadAfrica has worked with more than 1500 out of school girls to build successful agribusinesses. KadAfrica has published a manual on smallholder cultivation of passion fruit, provided seedlings, trainings and inputs, agronomy support, and a ready market for girls' passion fruit. Our young entrepreneurs have undergone gender empowerment, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship training; they have planted over 60,000 passion fruit vines on 90+ acres provided rent free by partners in Western Uganda, to be bulked marketed with KadAfrica's own production. On average these young women have earned more than $300 each, and collectively saved more than $2,500 over the past year. Through this model, KadAfrica has become a primary exporter of passion fruit, linking these out of school girls and their communities to markets in Kampala, the EU and UK.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

Our model is based on a two-stage scale-up: first empower, and then process. Now that we have proven our concept, and begun scaling from 250 out growers to more than 1500, we are looking to grow to more than 3000 out growers over the next 1-2 years. Once we hit this level we would have the volumes necessary to process KadAfrica passion fruit into pulp and supply juice companies with Ugandan pulp—rather than pulp being sourced from Asia. This would allow us to purchase from out growers at a price point of 30% higher than what is currently sustainable, keeping wealth within Uganda.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability is key to KadAfrica’s model, with funding coming from the sale of passion fruit from our own and out grower production. Currently, our network produces of 9 tons per month. Through an innovative hub-spoke model facilitating bulked marketing and reduce transport costs, KadAfrica has been able to expand from 250 to more than 2000 out growers over the last year using less than 50% donor money.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Foundations, Businesses.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

TechnoServe runs a project promoting increased incomes for smallholder passion fruit farmers in Eastern Uganda. KadAfrica worked extensively with TechnoServe in the design of its out grower model to improve upon transport, marketing, and other difficulties. Staff explained that they faced resistance when engaging target populations towards passion fruit as a viable crop. Since, TechnoServe has begun a fieldtrip program to the KadAfrica Estate to exemplify the possibilities for commercial production in Uganda; the Estate is made available to all girls and contributes to bulked marketing.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Driving from Uganda to Kenya I had a stark realization as crossing the border roads became lined with thriving, large-scale agricultural ventures that did not exist in Uganda. Why is so much lush land sitting unutilized as imports flow across the border to satisfy demand? Through meetings and hours of research I learned that 70% of the passion fruit in Uganda—a popular fruit made into juice—was imported. With fertile soils and high altitude, Ugandan farmers could be fully capable of meeting demand if equipped with the skills and inputs to grow the high value fruit. The vertically growing vine is ideal as it affords smallholder farmers space to grow ground dwelling crops for consumption while generating income through passion fruit.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

KadAfrica has 5 full time staff, including a Managing Director, Director of Business Development, our "Market Maverick", and two full time Agronomists. We also have two Agriculture Extension Workers and 12 Field Facilitators. To build our network, we have built an amazingly supportive advisory board consisting of investors and experienced social entrepreneurs. We hope to add an additional 18 field facilitators to support our growth by Q4 2015.

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KadAfrica has been selected as a 2015 venture for the Global Social Benefit Incubator. KadAfrica is a 2014 SEED Africa Award Winner and Eric is a proud 2014 Unreasonable Fellow, Uganda's Top 50 Farmers Award Winner, and 2015 Acumen East Africa Fellow. KadAfrica was named as a 2013 Young Achievers Africa Award Winner in the Agriculture and Agro-Processing Category, awarding young Ugandans for best practices and excellence and youth creativity. It was also awarded the in the Agriculture Category at the 2013 Pakasa Youth Forum. KadAfrica was a 2013 Semifinalist for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award and first runner up in the 2013 Global Social Venture Competition in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I was notified about this competition based on my current Changemakers Profile; when I read about the opportunity I was excited to apply. As a Ugandan and a farmer, I am passionate about encouraging youth entry into agriculture and excited to unlock the potential of young women in my home community through the cultivation of passion fruit.

Tell us about your partnerships:

KadAfrica operates through a public private partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Caritas. These partnerships allow KadAfrica to source land rent-free for out of school girls through an innovative post-paid/in-kind rental plan with the Catholic Church, while providing curriculum based trainings for program participants.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

KadAfrica has grown at an incredible rate since getting seed investment and embarking on our current model in May 2013. With 1500 farmers in our network, and a wait list of more than 2000 KadAfrica is currently understaffed to continue our current growth trajectory while providing the same high quality, hands on support that has been key to the girls' success. KadAfrica is currently closing a "bridge" investment, to add an additional 18 trained field facilitators to our staff to support our entrepreneurs, and help to increase the efficiency of on-site packing, payment, and transport of fruit.

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There was a 336 per cent increase in child rape cases in the country between 2001 and 2013.Many of the child rapes was committed in juvenile justice homes run by the government. NCBR They have become India’s hellholes where inmates (Children) are sexually assaulted and there is SILENCE. why?

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This programme aims to reduce re-offending in Ireland by reaching,
gaining trust & loving every prisoner in Irl. away from criminality and
towards a new life. The programme fills a gap in provision of continuous, comprehensive, coherent and responsive support services for male prisoners age 17-23.

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Compass - Helping to find a better path

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2012

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Ireland, Dublin

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Ireland, Dublin

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This programme aims to reduce re-offending in Ireland by reaching,
gaining trust & loving every prisoner in Irl. away from criminality and
towards a new life. The programme fills a gap in provision of continuous, comprehensive, coherent and responsive support services for male prisoners age 17-23.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

your past no longer dictated your future

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

Currently about 70% of male offenders aged between 17-23 re-offend within 3 years.
The costs to Irish society and the State of not tackling effectively such high levels of re-offending incidence amongst young offenders are beyond financial (which is in itself substantial); it affects the very fabric
of society and competitiveness, and embeds patterns of inter-generational criminal behaviour and of social stigma towards perpetrators.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

Our approach is based on (1) establishing trusting relationships through engaging activities and mentoring, and developing tailored post-release support plans while in prison, followed by (2) the provision of comprehensive and responsive post-release/in the community rehabilitation support through mentoring, professional counselling, practical support, skills-building and training and employment, towards improved self-awareness, self-reliance and respect, and to encourage personal responsibility.
This approach is driven by our belief and desire to:
a) Help create a better future for young individuals and society
b) Get moving and make change happen

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Pre-Release Engagement:
6 months pre-release date - qualifies for program and becomes 'student'
First engagement is joining fun activities
Student partnered with a mentor who explains additional benefit of programme
Relationship is established through regular meetings and activities
Mentor discusses potential post release support
Student agrees
Mentor arranges immediate support post release
Post-release engagement:
Mentor supports and encourages student from release date, through each phase of the programme, working towards sustained behavioural change - through to graduation
Programme Milestones:
Employability; Civic Responsibility; Engagement; Education; Extra Curricular Activities; substance abuse management.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Our approach is based on compelling evidence around effective young offenders’ rehabilitation, including, amongst other:
Ready 4 Work (USA), Chance Project (Czech Republic), STAMP Mentoring Programmer (Australia), SOVA Project (Australia) that the provision of practical support in prison is unlikely to have a lasting impact on the incidence of re-offending unless that support continues upon release.
Research findings (My World Survey, Headstrong & UCD, 2012) indicating that the most powerful predictor of resilience and positive mental health in young people is the presence of an adult who cares about their lives; someone who, in the way they look, listen and understand a young person, instills in that young individual the feeling that he/she belongs, that his/her life matters, and that he/she could make
it work.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

We aim to achieve at least 60% rehabilitation success,
measured by:
- indicators of emotional and social wellbeing, of the programme participants (‘Students’);
- re-offending statistics after 3 years amongst our Students against overall target group, as well as:
- other indicators of community cohesion and criminal behaviours.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Financial sustainability of Compass will be enabled by a diverse pool of funding sources, as well by the introduction of a Solas Project Social Enterprise (The Yard), the latter which will not only provide critical work experience for some of our Students, but that will contribute to needed revenue to sustain the programme. Solas Project has a 7 year track record of strong financial performance.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, National government.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Our approach is different and innovative. There is no programme currently in operation that engages with young prisoners pre and post release that offers social, practical and skills development with mentoring support at the core. Our model also allows for the potential to collaborate with key organisations through which our Students can achieve their Milestones. This creates a platform for integrating existing services to a greater effect and avoids duplication.

Bridge Project; PACE; IASIO, Jobcare & Care after Prison either pre or post support.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Graham Jones, Co-founded Solas Project:
As a criminal defence solicitor, Graham has had the opportunity to meet many young people caught up in crime. While each had a different story they all shared a common theme of wasted potential due to a lack of direction, support, and little ambition. Nearly all had little or no self-worth and a very pessimistic view of their future (or lack of). It was through this frustration and a desire to tackle the issue of self-worth in an individual rather than manage the outcome of their court case that Graham decided to leave a career in law and put all his energy in to creating and developing a new and innovative way to meet the needs of these young people.

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Tim Gaston: Youth cultivator He previously volunteered and subsequently worked with Dublin Christian Mission as Youth & Community Worker, where his role included one on one mentoring with youths and working and supporting their families.
Philip Richardson: Over 20 years experience as an addiction support worker. He spent 7 years working in Lifeline Recovery where he organized and implemented recovery plans for clients residing in facility

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland - Elevator Award
David Manley Finalist

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Social Media

Tell us about your partnerships:

Currently we do not have formal partnerships, however we are work in close connection with many organisation & are looking to develop these further & formally in 2015.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

There are many people who are quick to highlight all problems that society faces, and usually these are the same people who believe that everything will always stay the same because “that is just the way it is”. In order to change something, one must possess an ability to see a better future and believe that change is possible. We passionately believe that love and trust, mixed with the application of proven as well as innovative transformative approaches with professional help can make a difference in a young person’s life and help him/her turn from crime

The BogotArt Foundation

BogotArt is an initiative in which we engage at-risk youth from marginalized neighborhoods in cultural projects by means of community engagement. We empower these underprivileged communities so that they can self-develop and self-improve, enabling them to access a wider range of opportunities.

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2013

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Colombia, CAM, Bogotá

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Colombia, CAM, Bogotá

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BogotArt is an initiative in which we engage at-risk youth from marginalized neighborhoods in cultural projects by means of community engagement. We empower these underprivileged communities so that they can self-develop and self-improve, enabling them to access a wider range of opportunities.

WHAT IF Inspiration: What's one way your project dares to ask, “WHAT IF?”

What if society's image of at-risk youth from marginalized neighborhoods could be changed to include them and give them more opportunity?

Problem: What problem does your solution address?

There's a lack of opportunity for at-risk youth in Colombia, mainly in jobs and education; this is the root cause for joining gangs. In the last 10 years gangs in Bogotá grew from 194 to 1319, with roughly 20000 youth members. These gangs create a bad image for their neighborhoods, thus closing doors to opportunities and generating a vicious cycle, whereby one of the only options left is to join a gang, leading a life of crime and danger.

Solution: What is the proposed solution?

BogotArt Foundation believes in the power of cultural endeavors to break the vicious cycle of gangs affecting at-risk youth. By creating murals in the La Perseverancia slum, BogotArt has helped to change its perceived image from a robbers hub to a cultural spot. We plan to take it further by reintegrating youth from vulnerable groups, providing them with a six-month professional art education program based on vocational skills; connecting them to employment opportunities in advertising, design and art agencies; and offering a means of self-expression that detaches them from their difficult environments, thus giving them the economic security and additional skills to be independent and to avoid joining gangs.

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how your solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

BogotArt went to the La Perseverancia neighborhood and carried out interviews with community leaders. It was clear that recovering their cultural heritage was their main concern. At the same time, they felt that the deteriorated walls were creating a sense of insecurity in the area. This inspired us to have an art co-creation, involving local residents and professional artists – including participants from Mexico and Denmark– to turn the ideas of the community into eight murals, thus recovering 50m2 of public space and creating a project for the 32 participants and a wider sense of belonging for all the residents of the area. The common perception of this slum as dangerous, was challenged and the expression of local culture was revived.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

BogotArt created the first cinema club in a marginalized neighborhood, where 85.73% of the people have never attended a movie theater. Of all the attendants, 94.35% expressed that this benefited their personal development and 91.72% stated that the forum opened their minds to new ideas. Additionally, more than 250 hours of free art training have been provided to people with no previous art experience, leading to 4 jobs created from the first project. The same participants contributed to recovering 250 m2 of public space through street art, thus improving the image of deteriorated areas of town and reducing the number of vandalism graffiti by 94%. The community leader of La Perseverancia, Luis García said: "After working with BogotArt, we have the same level of access to the Arts as rich people." Due to this, the UN recognized us as one of two social inclusion initiatives in the world.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?

By giving a voice to marginalized communities we have shown to the Government the importance of taking them into account in development policy. We want to shift it forward and have a participatory budget policy for the underprivileged communities.

We are gathering contacts within Colombia and abroad who are willing to run pilots of the program. We plan to strengthen our income-generating arm by distributing and selling streetart-related products, such as spray cans, brushes and rollers. We also plan to produce community artworks which we will sell in local galleries.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution's plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The BogotArt Foundation is secured with two years of funding from three private donors. To reduce the required budget, it is a volunteer-based project. The resources needed to carry out the art education program are provided by partner organizations. BogotArt will have additional funds coming from art/design community-created products sold in boutique stores. An art/advertising agency will be created to capitalize on the team's knowledge.

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Other.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing this problem and how does the proposed solution differ from these approaches?

Skateistan uses skateboarding as tool for empowerment and Favela Painting uses the arts to engage young people and create a sense of community. In the same way, BogotArt uses alternative methods to inspire and empower at-risk youth, however, we are pioneers and innovative by addressing the core problems they are facing, for example, the lack of advancement opportunities when it comes to both jobs and education. We believe that the most pressing solutions require a holistic approach to be solved; we integrate a vocational curriculum leading to a job opportunity afterwards.

Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I was walking near Bosque Calderón –a slum in the city of Bogotá–, when I noticed something interesting about it: the walls, instead of being grey and conveying no message, featured street art pieces. The atmosphere was vibrant. I was eager to know who had made this "open air museum", and so I met David. He was a resident from the area, who had been exposed to violence, drugs and crime his whole life. However, at some point he received an opportunity to learn about muralism and this transformed him into one of the leading voices of the street art scene here, lifting him out of a life filled with negative influences. If art education could be provided to more motived young people, how could that impact their own personal development?

Team: What roles does your team consist of (i.e. full-time vs. part-time staff, volunteers, board members, etc) and how do you plan to expand the team as the project grows?

Creative minds from different backgrounds volunteering: Leonardo is at the helm and creates sustainable business solutions; Camilo is the creative side, seeing artwork possibilities in each abandoned corner; Tejen is the project coordinator giving the initiative structure; Johanna is managing the public relations; Andrés works on the grassroots level engaging with the community and; Adriana leads the workshops and enhance their impact.

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Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Winner of the DO School Seed Awards 2013 for creating positive social impact, the inclusion of marginalized communities and democratising the arts and culture.

Project chosen to participate in the UNAOC-EF Summer School 2014

Project chosen to participate in the World Forum for Democracy 2014

Shortlisted Project for the World Summit Youth Awards 2014, in the category 'Create your culture', for using an online platform to strengthen social justice and foster youth participation.

One of two featured projects from all around the world presented during the World Cities Day 2014 in the United Nations Headquarters.

Where have you learnt about the competition?

I learnt about the competition through a Facebook post.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Education

The DO School, University of the Andes and Leuphana Universitaet: We work together because they believe that social entrepreneurship is a great way to have a positive social impact. They also have a similar approach to ours - of learning by doing, excellent teachers and great credibility.

Youth

Colombia Joven, as the Colombia's Office for Youth offers a great chance to promote youth rights amongst marginalized youth.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Lack of local funding: The government doesn't provide many resources for youth-led NGOs. Furthermore, corporate social responsibility hasn't been developed in Colombia.

Solution: Partnerships with organizations abroad to obtain additional resources. Creation of community-based design and art products to generate new skills as well as income for the citizens

Lack of human resources: There might not be enough people to expand the program and involve more communities.

Solution: Creating volunteer campaigns with partner volunteer organizations in Colombia and abroad.

Financially Self-Sufficient School.

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