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Ashoka's Youth Venture

Youth Venture’s mission is to support young people in launching and leading their own lasting Ventures and to create a movement of young changemakers redefining youth years as a time of positive contribution.

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One of Youth Venture's Program, the Dream It Do It Challenge (DDC) is a series of facilitated engagements that guide a cohort of young people (ideally ages 12-17) towards launching their own social ventures. Each of the sessions is anchored by a set of core activities that support participants in each distinct phase of venture implementation, from the genesis of the original idea, to execution, initial financing, and implementation.

Throughout, participants examine local, societal and global issues; share ideas and personal experiences; and refine plans and engage in teamwork, public speaking, and peer support. With each workshop, participants move towards a greater level of innovative and creative thinking; goal orientation; and refined problem-solving skills. Each team selects an Adult Ally, who provides mentoring and support to the team as needed.

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Beyond this program, there is a lot of other initiatives promoting youth entrepreneurship and participation, such as the programs of the International Youth Foundation http://www.iyfnet.org/
Are there any others that you would like to share here?