Kritaya Sreesunpagit

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand,
Fellow Since 2004

Citation

This profile was prepared when Kritaya Sreesunpagit was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Kritaya creates a system that supports young people in Thailand in developing and carrying out ideas for social improvement. Her work centers around the organization Youth Innovation Venture (YIV), which she founded as a playground for budding social entrepreneurs. Through YIV, Kritaya encourages motivated young people to experiment—to fall down, get up again, and ultimately leave their playgrounds with the confidence, knowledge, and concrete resources to implement their projects in the real world.
Development projects in Thailand have wasted vast amounts of money on ineffective programs that treat young people as objects rather than subjects of change. Learning from these programs, Kritaya encourages youth to lead new ventures, rewarding dozens of ideas per year with funding and professional mentorship. She positions YIV to release the innovative potential of young people, to lower the barriers that prohibit youth from implementing their ideas, and to guide talented minds toward sustainable careers in the citizen sector. Together, the participants in Youth Innovation Venture are engineering a new model for citizen organizing in Thailand that channels the energy and creativity of youth toward positive social change.
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