This profile was prepared when Ricardas Liskauskas was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Who is better positioned to connect with young people in trouble, Ricardas reasons, than those who come from similar backgrounds, having made similar choices in life? Ricardas has developed a program in which at-risk youth draw on their own experiences with broken families and drug addiction to help themselves and other young people and to make significant, positive contributions to society.In Ricardas's model, young people develop solutions to the same problems that gave rise to many of their own difficulties. His organization provides a framework for educating its volunteers about the value of teamwork and equips them with a set of skills necessary to establish their own organizations, social clubs, and community service programs.