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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.

Chethan Gowda: Decreasing Blood Shortages in a Populous Country

Struck by the absurdity of dying from a blood shortage in a country of 1.2B people, Chethan Gowda began connecting people around one of life's essential liquids.

Meet the 8th Batch of Youth Venturers from India

While the norm is to focus on academics, these teenagers are looking beyond their textbooks. From innovating an alternative cooking fuel to digitising the football scouting process to make it equitable, 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.

This rural Maharashtra school set up a canteen to serve healthy snacks to prevent children from eating junk food

When Gyansanvardhini School in Satara, Maharashtra learnt that its students were often eating unhealthy snacks that they bought from outside the campus, the institution took steps to open a canteen on its premises, so that the kids could buy and eat healthy snacks at an affordable price.

Dining out? Bengaluru school girls tell you how you can save water!

Two bubbly, excited girls might be your first impression when you meet Garvita Gulhati and Pooja S. Tanawade. But there is more to the duo who are showing Bengaluru, and in fact the nation, innovative ways to a more responsible, water-secure future. As founders of the initiative “Why Waste,” they focus on saving water in restaurants, and have recently expanded their work to also address waste segregation.

Meet Ajai Gopi, The Design Enthusiast Leading Change In Farming #LeadYoung

Ajay Gopi greets you with a shy, heart-warming smile. As is usual, the now twenty-year-old is accompanied by his camera – photography is one of his greatest passions. As he happily chats away, one is hardly likely to suspect that he is quietly working to revolutionise Indian farming systems. In fact, Ajay is the founder of “Hands on Agriculture”, which aims to establish aquaponics as a less water-dependent alternative to conventional farming.