Application Deadline: 1st July 2018.
If you want to change the world and you have started young – join Ashoka, the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs.
Ashoka Youth Venture identifies and supports teenagers who have started their own initiatives for addressing social and environmental problems. Becoming an Ashoka Youth Venturer is a recognition for you and your work. The selected Youth Venturers are inducted into a global community and gain access to workshops, strategic mentorship, fundraising support, media partnerships, exposure visits and more opportunities to grow themselves and their initiatives.
Applications are open for Youth Venture India’s 9th Selection Panel to happen in August. For upcoming panels in Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, applications will open soon.
A Youth Venture candidate:
- Is between 12 and 20 years old (as of 31st December of the year in which they are applying)
- Has an innovative idea for creating positive change
- Has built a team
- Has implemented the idea and impacted their communities
- Has an action plan for greater impact
Successful candidates are those who have, through their initiatives, demonstrated mastery of essential skills for Changemakers – empathy, creative problem solving, teamwork and collaborative leadership. Having adult advisors is an added benefit, but the initiative has to be created, led and managed by teenagers.
Ashoka covers all programme related expenses including travel, accommodation, and food for the Selection Panel, the workshops and any other engagements that require you to travel or stay outside of your hometown. The team will communicate from time to time the exact details of what is paid directly by Ashoka and what is reimbursed upon production of original bills.
How to Apply?
The selection process is in three stages:
- Online application submission
If the aspirational Youth Venturer fits the selection criteria, he/she must fill in the Self-nomination form. Teachers, parents or other individuals can also nominate a project/initiative they know through the Nomination form. Selection Panels are conducted thrice a year and applications for each panel close one month before the panel dates. For the upcoming August Selection Panel applications close on 1st July 2018.
- Review and Shortlisting
Ashoka team will review and shortlist the candidates. This may also involve telephonic interviews, references and field visits. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the team and informed about the next steps.
- Selection Panel
Selected candidates will be invited to the Selection Panel, a two-day event in our Bangalore office, where they present their initiative to a panel of leading social entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Upon the Panel’s recommendation, candidates would be elected as ‘Ashoka Youth Venturers.’
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