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32 Social Businesses for Youth

From Hip-Hop Social Enterprises to Education-Giving T-Shirts

— February 12, 2012 — Social Good
This collection of social businesses for youth spans giving consideration to young people as both a means and an end. For instance, GeboMana sends a child to school for every t-shirt that's sold. And the Global Block Foundation focuses on personal sustainability for marginalized black youth. Investing in youth through charity or empowering services is the name of the game for the social entrepreneurs featured here.

It's an overused saying that "youth are the leaders of tomorrow," because, sometimes, youth are the leaders of today. From socially aware street wear to safe neon clothing and cuddly comfort donations, this SocialBusiness.org top list of social businesses for youth will give you something to think about whether you're a young person, have kids or simply care about what's going on in the world around you.
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Cuddly Comfort Donations
Cuddly Comfort Donations
Happy Blankie is a One-for-One Business Giving Children Something Soft
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Stigma-Stopping Initiatives
Stigma-Stopping Initiatives
The SOS Gangs Project Guides Ex-Offenders Through Resettlement
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Education-Giving T-Shirts
Education-Giving T-Shirts
GeboMana Sends a Child to School for 2 Months for Every Shirt Sold
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Enterprising Confidence Workshops
Enterprising Confidence Workshops
UK-Based Street Style Surgery Runs Creative Programs for Youth
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Multivitamins for Purpose
Multivitamins for Purpose
A Bottle of Vitamma Gives 2 Years of Nutrition to 3 Kids
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Street Youth Enterprises
Street Youth Enterprises
SYJA Helps Vancouver's Young Homeless People Find Jobs
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Change-Making Communities
Change-Making Communities
Ashoka's Youth Venture Empowers Young People to Promote Positivity
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Empowering Childcare Networks
Empowering Childcare Networks
Cool2Care Matches Personal Assistants with Disabled Children
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Safe Neon Clothing
Safe Neon Clothing
BrightKidz is a Social Enterprise That Sells High Visibility Designs
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Mind-Altering Social Enterprises
Mind-Altering Social Enterprises
Positive Intentions Works for the People by Working with Them
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One-for-One Multivitamins
One-for-One Multivitamins
Life Equals is Partnered with Vitamin Angels to Fight Undernutrition
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Hand-Washing for Haiti
Hand-Washing for Haiti
When You Buy 'SoapBox Soaps' They Give Bars to Children in Need
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Mission-Driven Kids' Foods
Mission-Driven Kids' Foods
Nest Collective Makes Healthy Options More Accessible
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Benevolent Babe Threads
Benevolent Babe Threads
For Every Onesie Bought 'Baby Teresa' Gives One to a Child in Need
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Baby Subscription Services
Baby Subscription Services
Good Karma Clothing for Kids Encourages Collaborative Consumption
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Education Springboards
Education Springboards
Juma Ventures Helps Youth in California Enter College
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One-for-One Prenatal Vitamins
One-for-One Prenatal Vitamins
Build Nutrition Tackles Malnutrition in the Majority World
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1 for 1 Snacks
1 for 1 Snacks
Each KUTOA Health Bar Also Buys a Nutrient Pack for a Child in Need
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Buy Shoes, Give Back
Buy Shoes, Give Back
When You Purchase 'TWINS for Peace' You Give a Pair to a Child in Need
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1 for 1 Toothbrushes
1 for 1 Toothbrushes
When You Buy From Smile Squared, They Give to a Child in Need
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At-Risk Teen Tees
At-Risk Teen Tees
Tees at Risk Sells Original Works from Troubled Teenagers
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Fair-Trade Pet Playthings
Fair-Trade Pet Playthings
Dog Head Chew Toy is Made of Wool by Crafters in Nepal
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Youthful Entrepreneur Projects
Youthful Entrepreneur Projects
'Social Enterprise Africa' Trains Ethical Changemakers
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Youth-Oriented Finances
Youth-Oriented Finances
MyBnk Teaches Money Management and Entrepreneurial Skills
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For-Profit Social Ventures
For-Profit Social Ventures
The TOMS Shoes Movement Creates Customer-Philanthropists
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Embedded Generosity Frocks
Embedded Generosity Frocks
Whitten Grey Gives Away One Dress for Every Dress Bought
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Empowering Crochet
Empowering Crochet
Fair Trade 'Pebble' Baby Line Employs Women in Bangladesh
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One for One Blankets
One for One Blankets
The Company Store Gives Comforters to Homeless Children
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Socially Aware Streetwear
Socially Aware Streetwear
Ed's Threds Supports the Nettlefold Foundation to Prevent Youth Suicide
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Hip-Hop Social Enterprises
Hip-Hop Social Enterprises
The Global Block Foundation Promotes Personal Sustainability
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Reforestation Fashion
Reforestation Fashion
Rain Tees Have Illustrations from Kids in Endangered Rainforests
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Empowerment Jewelry
Empowerment Jewelry
SWAK X Educates and Employs Young Adults with HIV/AIDS
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