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Youth Years

#LeadYoung - Malcolm Asher: Making hospitals more friendly for youth

Starting with a pack of art supplies, Malcolm and his team launched a nonprofit and global movement to change how kids experience hospitals through art

What Leading Social Entrepreneurs Are Telling Us

After running one of the largest and most diverse studies of system changing entrepreneurs ever collected this past spring, Ashoka now has the data to show that Kritaya and Christoph are not anomalies — nearly half of Ashoka Fellows had their first changemaking experience before the age of 21.

#LeadYoung - Chirag Vedullapalli: Channeling kids’ passions and talents into impact in Seattle, Washington

Chirag’s story shows how to channel the passions and talents of young people into positive social change.

#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.

#LeadYoung - Joshua Williams: Supporting people experiencing homelessness and poverty

Joshua’s story is more than the story of one young person leading young. It is the story of creating a culture for all youth to be changemakers. It is the story of creating a culture and a pathway to help thousands of young people know they have the power to change the world.

Mithela Wants to Give Teenagers a Voice

Mithela has always been a Changemaker. But, it was at 18 that her parents allowed her to start her first big project. Her organization Power to Bloom works with young people in schools. They spend a year working with students in 6th to 10th grade to address topics that are important to the students. These topics range from Mental Health problems to social relationships and social taboos, to name just a few. It is about giving them a forum to talk about what their life is like.

Labib Works to Include Disabled People in Society - Bangla Version

লাবিব, যে নিজে তার চ্যাঞ্জমেকার যাত্রা শুরু করেন অল্প বয়সে, লাবিব বিশ্বাসী যে চেষ্টায় সফলতা! লাবিব ঢাকা শহরে অন্যতম একটি বড় একটি বিদ্যালয়ে পড়াশোনা করেন।

Labib Works to Include Disabled People in Society

Labib founded the organization InclusionX at the age of 16 years old. InclusionX seeks to give individuals with disabilities a role and voice in society by overcoming society created barriers to participation. Labib wants to ‘break down the invisible wall which is like a glass barrier that exists between children with and without disabilities in Bangladesh due to various societal and family reasons’. While based in Dhaka currently Labib sees InclusionX as an organization that is needed across the whole of Bangladesh.

Sudeepto Brings Stories Alive for the Blind

Sudeepto is the founder of ‘Shruto’, an organisation dedicated to creating audiobooks for the visually impaired in Bangladesh to provide them access to various literary works. The 18 year old, who started his venture back in 2016 when he was in grade 11, envisions a creative society in the future where the visually disabled are no longer seen as a burden, but instead are able to express their creativity through their writings while possessing free thinking capability.