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#LeadYoung - Allan van der Meulen: How to become a changemaker inspiring others to thrive in a challenging context

At 19, Allan van der Meulen stumbled upon Ashoka Fellow Marlon Parker’s RLabs where he was put in charge of helping other young people like himself learn new skills and knowledge.  He soon started facilitating classes, leading new programs and putting his own ideas into practice. “I started developing new ways to communicate the ideas and concepts we were learning young person-to-young person in ways adults couldn’t.”  

#LeadYoung - Meagan Warren: Opening opportunities through books for low-income students in Ohio

Meagan Warren found her power when she was exposed to the reality of low-income, under-resourced schools. Now, she is determined to help others find their power to create change.

#LeadYoung - Ximena Abogabir: "If you are deeply convinced that your child is a changemaker, he or she will become one"

As part two of this two-part LeadYoung series, Ashoka asks Ashoka Fellow Ximena Abogabir, mother to Ashoka Fellow Gonzalo Muñoz, about her childhood, her role as a mother and her philosophy for parenting Gonzalo and her two other changemaker children.

#LeadYoung - Peyton Klein: Creating a two-way stream of inclusion and cultural understanding

Change is happening all around us, all the time. How do we face it? Are we afraid or do we see new possibilities? When new immigrant and refugee students started coming to her school, Peyton Klein saw the possibility for mutual learning and support.

#Lead Young - Bodkin Elementary School Embraces a Culture of Meaning

At Bodkin Elementary School in Maryland’s Chesapeake region, 10 and 11 year olds share what it means for them to be powerful today and #LeadYoung. Here, young people are learning how to navigate a world that is rapidly changing by following their passions and creating their own solutions to issues facing their communities.  Changemaking is the new literacy and starting young makes all the difference.

#LeadYoung - Sophia Andrews: Unleashing potential through a boundless love of dance

In an "Everyone a Changemaker" world, passions easily translate into solutions. Sophia’s story demonstrates how she shared her love of ballet across cultural and geographic boundaries to increase and equalize access to the arts in an underprivileged community abroad.

#LeadYoung - Overcoming Her Shyness, She Helped Hundreds Become Changemakers

Greta is pursuing a vision of helping all youth become leaders in Mexico’s society.

#LeadYoung: a common passion for changemaking unites two Brazilian teens from different backgrounds

Separately they were committed to helping young people, together they opened new pathways for youth across continents to connect, follow their passions and thrive.  

#LeadYoung - How Kevin Ochi is Part of a Movement that is Transforming the Lives of 15,000 Young People in Argentina

Kevin spent his adolescence in an institution. Upon graduation, he realized that his experience could be useful to others. Together with his peers at Guía Egreso, a group of youth which arose from Doncel NGO, Kevin is transforming the lives of 15,000 young people from Argentina who, just like him, are forced to leave the care system when they turn 18.

#LeadYoung - Jeroo Billimoria: a global movement that started with a simple gesture in her teens

A social entrepreneur known for building huge, global coalitions, Jeroo first started in Mumbai, working with street children. She gave them her private phone number in case of emergencies.

Soon every night it was ringing.

From that caring and then recognition of system need came Childline. Any street child could call a free number and be answered by a trained and sympathetic street child. Shortly thereafter help would be on the way.

#LeadYoung - Felipe Vergara: redefining access to education through a multi-million dollar financing innovation

For many young people around the world, paying for college tuition locks them into decades of debt. It forces them to forego purpose-oriented jobs like teaching because those salaries will not cover their loan payments. For those who can’t find employment or lose their jobs, their fixed loan payments can drag them into even greater debt that is hard to recover from. Colombian social entrepreneur, Felipe Vergara, created Lumni to give students new options for funding their college tuition.

#LeadYoung - Simon Stumpf on early changemaking: "In the world today, we will all be called upon to lead at some point"

Simon Stumpf, Director of Ashoka’s Fellow selection program in the U.S., shares how he seized his own opportunity to lead as pre-teen when family circumstances demanded and how he didn’t stop there.  As a parent today facing a world of great change and challenges, he shares his thoughts on what it will take to have his own children LeadYoung.

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