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Azmayeen Uses Technology to Overcome Communication Barriers


Azmayeen on a Panel

We live in a world of information. This is a good thing as it gives us power to be agents of change. But in a world of information there can sometimes be too much information. This is a challenge recognized by Azmayeen, of Bangladesh. He has been working towards solutions to this problem since he was in 5th grade.

The Enterprises of Amlan's Mentees

Amlan Kusum Ganguly, the Founder Director of Salt Lake City Prayasam, was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 for his signature concept of “Area Health Minders”. For the last 21 years, Amlan has been putting in youth in charge from various underserved communities to become changemakers in their own sphere of life and work.

Meet the 9th Batch of Youth Venturers from India

While the norm is to focus on academics, these teenagers are looking beyond their textbooks. From innovating a solar-powered incinerator for dealing with menstrual waste to teaching girls to code, these teenagers are changing the narrative of what youth in this country aspire for. They recognise the social and environmental problems around them and find intriguing ways to solve them. Never again, can we doubt the capability of the youth to challenge patterns and change narratives.

গ্রাম থেকে বাল্য বিবাহ দূর করার জন্য মনির যুদ্ধ

Moni with her children's club
'মনি, বর্তমানে বাল্যবিবাহ এবং শিশু শিক্ষা সম্পর্কে কাজ করে যাচ্ছে। সমাজ পরিবর্তনের জন্য করেছে তার নিজস্ব সংগঠন 'বিডি প্যাক্স ফাউন্ডেশন'। 

Moni's fight to eliminate child marriage in her village

“If you constantly work in a selfless manner, the work itself will show you where you belong”

This is the message of Ashoka Youth Venturer, Moni, an 18 year old girls right advocate in Kulaura, Sylhet. She wants girls to take control of their destiny fighting for their right to education, health and freedom. With this goal in mind, Moni founded the ‘Unique Adolescence Club'. A club that seeks to empower children, especially girls, to become change agents in their community. The club currently has around 90 members in its 3 branches. 

Become an Ashoka Youth Venturer


We are thrilled to announce that Ashoka Bangladesh is looking for the fourth cohort of Youth Venturers.

We are searching for a teenager who demonstrates the core changemakers skills while incubating an idea, taking initiative, and cultivating positive change through collaboration.

Every Young Filipino a Changemaker

“We prepare our students for jobs and careers, but we don’t teach them to think as individuals about what kind of world they would create.”

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Ashoka Global Academy Member

Women Social Innovators are Changing the Game in Asia

Young changemakers are often brave enough to take unconventional routes in making meaningful changes in our society. Here are stories of four female entrepreneurs who visited the Philippines this July for the ChangemakerXChange summit, a global platform co-created by Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Their social enterprises are at their early stages. But they all share tenacity and willingness to take on big challenges.

#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.

Meet the 3rd Batch of Youth Venturers from Bangladesh

While most Bangladeshi teenagers their age exhaust their time in a balancing act between academics and social life, these remarkable individuals were able to go above and beyond to find time for extraordinary social work for the good of others. From fighting against child marriage to working to prevent suicide, these youth are breaking boundaries in what teenagers in this country can aspire to do.  They challenge the narrative of what young people are capable of by recognizing and tackling the social problems around them in innovative ways.