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Young people a easily manipulated by outside influences, by educating them with mature peers they can take control of their futures.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

I want to address the ideas that children of tomorrow do not understand the value of their worth which subjects them to these crimes. By showing them how to look at their life through a different view they can take control into their own hands.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

One unanswered problem is how to get individuals with a different mind set to see that they don't have to live a life of being treated less than they are worth. Changing a viewpoint is much harder because you have to get them to see issues in a different way.

Explain Your Idea

We would set up programs within the schools and the communities in order to teach them new and innovative ways of thinking. We want them to understand thinking forward and taking on the mindset of their worth.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

We have to start small and work our way out, working from more centralized locations would group them together and make it seem like not such an impossible task. We could mentor the youth like the big brother and sister programs in the states allowing them to be surrounded and cared for a different state of mind.

How is your idea unique?

My idea is unique because they involved indicuals from the state coming to show them a different way of thinking and mentorship.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

How are we going to get the amount of volunteers and mentors in order to ensure that all of the youth has someone to look up to.

Who are your end users?

The end user should grow up understanding the value of their worth and have a more foreword way of thinking. By having these children mentored they will then have a similar way of thinking and also be apart of the movement.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Syria
  • Uganda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Community at risk of disaster
  • Other

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Would rather them be in emergy settings that have just undergone a breaking apart in their community, allowing them to see unity is still possible.

What is your organization's name?

Spread the Love

Tell us more about you.

I am a college student at VCU and am interesting in helping others. I want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Locally/community-led organization
  • International/global organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • Have not worked in sector, but excited to learn more.

What is your organizational status?

  • Not registered but plan to in the future.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.


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Photo of Arthur Chadwick

I like your approach to the problem, very unique. I agree that it might be hard to change their viewpoint but informing them new ways of thinking, this sounds like a great solution!

Photo of Terrill Thorne

I agree with your idea of the younger generation being easily manipulated by their peers. I think aside one reason that may lead to this epidemic would be extensive use of smart phones and social media. Kids through young adults are not socializing in person with others as much as it used to be. Not doing so may make people feel like they are alone because they are not around friends that can uplift their moods during difficult periods. Another factor could be the type of crowd they are surrounded by.

Photo of Samuel Darko

This is an awesome idea! The impact of mentorship can never be overlooked or underestimated. I am a product of an effective mentorship program myself, and I testify that it really helped me to see my life differently. And as for getting adequate amount of mentors and volunteers, the state could provide incentives to involve college students to participate in it as well. I believe that the proximity in age could really help them build a much more intimate connection.

Photo of Tammi Chen

That's a great idea. We learn a lot in school, but they never teach people how to take care of themselves.

Photo of Emiley Jacklene Trowbridge

I couldn't agree with you more! I am glad that you think that it's a good idea and I am hoping that having a mentor could help them learn to take care of themselves past basic human needs.

Photo of Sarah

I think this is a good idea! School would definitely be the place to implement this. On top of the big brother or sister mentorship, maybe there could be a component of group activities including everyone or small groups. Children are also easily swayed by peer pressure and bad friend groups so if they could have a group of friends with the ideals you are trying to implement that would help them stay out of trouble too.

Photo of Emiley Jacklene Trowbridge

Thanks for your ideas Sarah! I completely agree that students are easily influenced by peers which is why I really want to be able to show them the value of their worth and I truly think that will help them to become stronger in the long run.