Fellow Since 2008
This profile was prepared when Ciré Kane was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Ciré founded the Synapse Center to offer programs to help youth develop and implement Changemaker ideas. He assists these emerging young leaders to achieve a needed financial balance and leave a meaningful impact on their communities. Through a selection process, training and support programs, Ciré successfully identifies the potential of exceptional and unique youths in Segal and Mali. These processes are constantly evolving and capitalize on lessons learned from his interaction and exchanges with young people. Because no one can predict with certainty where tomorrow’s leaders will emerge, Ciré believes it is important to sow the seeds wherever possible. Thus, regardless of their social background, Ciré gives young entrepreneurs an opportunity to thrive. By supporting young social entrepreneurs, Ciré is establishing a process of empowerment that helps them to define social problems and act with developed strategy. He hopes to contribute to the development of West African countries by reducing external dependence, making citizens the contributors and architects of their country’s future.