All around us we see evidence that we now live in a world of accelerating change, volatility and hyperconnectivity. Yet, societies around the world continue to focus on an old idea that “success” for young people means being ready for a stable job.

In a world defined by change, no one can afford to build a life around repetition, instead, to be a contributor and an active player, everyone must learn to be a changemaker, a person who steps up to solve problems for the good of all. In other words, becoming a changemaker must become the new norm for growing up. It's time for a new literacy, the Everyone a Changemaker literacy.

~ Bill Drayton, Ashoka CEO and Founder


At the heart of the Everyone a Changemaker literacy movement are the Ashoka Young Changemakers: a carefully selected network of young people who have found their power to create change for the good of all, and who are engaging their peers and the entire society in realizing a world where everyone is a changemaker.

Are you a young changemaker? Know a young changemaker under 20? Nominate now!

The Ashoka Young Changemakers program launched in the US in 2018, and is currently available in US, Brazil, Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia.

Being in a community of young changemakers who are fighting for their own causes really opened up my mind and made me humble. I'm grateful for Ashoka that provides a platform to connect and unite us all. 

Ashoka Young Changemaker

Ashoka Young Changemakers is such an awesome community! I have a great new group of friends that I can always brainstorm with and get advice from.

Ashoka Young Changemaker
Manat AYC US 2019

With Ashoka, I improved the skill of empathy which helped me to connect better with my peers and people of my community. This also helped me to face the challenges and the obstacles I've come across.

Ashoka Young Changemaker
Wasudev AYC India 2019

Joining a network of Ashoka Young Changemakers is a great happiness and privilege. We can be with inspired people, providing a feeling of belonging, understanding that we are not alone in the fight for causes that we believe to be an essential factor to continue the work. 

Ashoka Young Changemaker
Vitor AYC Brazil 2019