Stories


#LeadYoung - A peer community helped Ajay find his power as a changemaker in his teens

Raised in a farming village outside of Bangalore, India, Ajay Gopi was pushed to be an electrician like his father but he knew he wanted to explore and create something new. He left home to join a “makerspace” called Project DEFY –started by 24-year-old Abhijit Sinha-- where kids were in charge of their learning to explore problems and issues they cared about.  Ajay cared most about the farmers, like those he grew up with, who had an alarming suicide rate due to drought induced debt.  

#LeadYoung - Why Waste? Learning to See the Glass as Half Full

Garvita Gulhati, now 18, is helping students in her high school see that age is not a limit to solving problems you care about. At 15 years old, she and her friend, Pooja S. Tanawade, did just that. They started “Why Waste?,” an organization educating citizens about creative ways to reduce water waste — starting with restaurants where four million gallons of water are wasted per year in India.

#LeadYoung - Hacking the Self, then Hacking the System

It is not everyday you hear about young children questioning the status quo, revolutionizing the automobile industry, or filing for patents at age 13. But they’re out there, and this is the story of one. Today, Param Jaggi is a 23-year-old entrepreneur and social activist. He is the founder of Hatch, a simple and user-friendly app creation company. But to get here, his changemaker journey started when he was a teenager.

#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 - Anshul Tewari Created India’s Largest Youth Media Platform at Age 17

Anshul Tewari was dismayed that cultural taboos are producing “a culture of silence that is pushing an entire generation away from changemaking.”

Two Bangalore teens link young people’s passion for arts with fundraising for social change.

Ashwini (16) and Priya (17) were passionate about singing and acting, but they, like other young people they knew, had few spaces to perform.  Together they founded Jazba, a local, youth-run “India’s Got Talent” to give young people a space to perform where all proceeds go to a hand-picked local social change organization.  In a world that is changing rapidly, accelerating social problems need accelerated solutions.  Ashwini and Priya demonstrate that young people have the power today to LeadYoung and steer that change for the good of all.

More For You