Jacek Jakubowski

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1995


This profile was prepared when Jacek Jakubowski was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
The New Idea
When Jacek Jakubowski looks at the problems facing modern Poland, he sees its youth as an untapped resource. Jacek has focused his energy on addressing the unique problems of the new generation of young people. He has developed a process that helps them confront the sense of helplessness and apathy common among them, and to transform it into creative planning. When young people take the initiative to build much-needed new organizations and activities in their communities, Jacek believes they empower themselves to become self-confident and competent citizens in tomorrow's Poland.

Jacek helps young Poles to organize themselves around mutual passions and then links their new organizations to other segments of Polish society that provide the young people with vital support and services and ensure the survival of their organizations. For example, one young theater group has been linked to individuals in the National Opera Company. These connections ground the young people in the larger society and give them access to vital resources.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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