Youth Venture® is an international community of young people who are powerful now, changemakers now. Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to create and launch their own sustainable, community-benefitting ventures. Youth Venture then connects them into a global movement of young changemakers who are together redefining the youth years as a time of leadership and positive social change. This is the foundation of an Everyone a Changemaker™ world—the key factor for success in every part of society.
Our approach is to assist teens in identifying the issues that they want to address and then integrating their passions with an idea for change. When ready, each Venture team can access up to $750 in seed funding and join the global Youth Venture network. Through this process, the teens embark on a changemaker journey, in which they define for themselves their role in society as leaders of positive change.
With Youth Venture’s inspiration and investment, nearly 3,500 teams (with over 70,000 young members) have launched their own community-serving ventures. These ventures serve over 1 million people, chiefly young people. The Venturers and their teams come away knowing that they are changemakers and with skills critical for lives defined by change. Their examples are, moreover, highly contagious—many, many other young people follow and set up their own ventures. Schools, universities, and corporations are also increasingly recognizing how critical such growth-led change is in building the workforce of changemakers society needs with increasing urgency. Therefore they are offering scholarships for Youth Venture teams, creating ‘changemaker campuses,’ hiring changemaker talent, and incorporating Youth Venture into the school day.
Winner is Announced
- LaunchAugust 6, 2013
- Entry DeadlineNovember 8, 2013
- Winner is AnnouncedJanuary 16, 2014