Youth Venture is an international organization working under the Ashoka umbrella. Jack Knellinger, Director of Youth Venture, says that the organization is "designed to inspire and empower young people." With something akin to an online networking community, the website is a mix of pop culture and social change, allowing for change to occur organically and through peer communication. To learn more about the various ventures, you can browse both teams and members by interest, region, country, account type and the phase of the venture.
One such example, which is in the featured video, is Alex Lek's Block Rocker's Crew, a breakdancing group in Seattle, Washington that raises money and awareness for the invisible children in Uganda. Invisible children are those young people without family, in displacement camps and affected by war -- essentially, children who aren't seen. By doing what they love, breakdancing, the b-boys in this crew are able to help address a need in Uganda. Lek praised Youth Venture and its sponsors (which includes like Starbucks and MTV U) for allowing the ideas of youth to get heard and put into action.
Youth Venture shows us that change doesn't have to come from those at the upper echelons of society -- governments and multinational corporations. Change can come from within and it can come from children who desire to impact their communities.
By giving young people all the necessary tools they need, Youth Venture allows young people to make their socially minded dreams come true and to create change in their communities and beyond.
Youth Venture Website
Ashoka's Youth Venture Empowers Young People to Promote Positivity
Tiana Reid — September 14, 2011 — Social Good