Prateek Agarwal, Subham Agarwala and Siddhant Kethan

In a world where social problems are on the rise, a growing number of young people are leading the solutions. Ashoka Youth Venturer, Prateek Agarwal resisted the pressures to focus only on academic studies when faced with a dire issue: the proliferation of plastic bags choking the environment in Kolkata.  His deep-rooted passion for the environment and volunteerism exposed him early to waste issues and gave him the confidence to #LeadYoung. At 18 years of age and together with his friends, Subham Agarwala and Siddhant Kethan, he set up a social enterprise to replace plastic bags with paper ones that also generates income for low-income women. Encouraged and mentored by a social entrepreneur from across the country, Prateek and his team are demonstrating what it takes to grow up in today’s world:  empathy, leadership, teamwork and changemaking!

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This article was originally published on 1 May 2017
Related TopicsChildren & Youth Boys’ development Youth development Youth leadership Environment & Sustainability Environment Pollution Recycling Waste

Sara Borasio

Sara Borasio interned with Ashoka India's Youth Venture programme. She was always drawn towards capturing human experience through writing, publishing her first book at the age of 15. To further pursue her interest in social dynamics, she will begin studying Human, Social and Political Sciences this October.

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