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Youth Venture's vision is a world of everyone a changemaker through a global culture of young people initiating positive, lasting change.
Youth Venture's mission is to build a global movement of young people being powerful now, changemakers now. This is the foundation for an everyone a changemaker world, the key factor for success for every society, organization and person.
Imagine what a difference it would make in the strength and creativity of society if millions more people developed the self-confidence and the capacity to be changemakers. We believe that it is critical that people learn early on in life that they can lead social change. By launching a venture, young people learn the important skills of leadership, entrepreneurship, teamwork and empathy, as well as other practical skills, as they form a team and go through the process of planning and running a social venture together. Young people also learn that they are powerful changemakers, and they will likely continue to take initiative and lead again and again throughout their lives.
In enabling this transformative experience for thousands - and someday millions - of young people, Youth Venture is building a critical mass of young changemakers who are changing the world by redefining the youth years as a time of initiative and community leadership.
Youth Venture's ultimate goal is a society-wide redefinition of the youth years. As more and more Venturers start social ventures in their communities, it will become the norm for young people to be changemakers. Once youth leadership becomes the norm, then society - young people and adults alike - will come to expect the youth years to be a time of initiative, leadership and positive social change. In the future, the proportion of the population who are changemakers will jump dramatically, ultimately leading to our vision of everyone becoming a changemaker.
In 1996, Youth Venture was launched with the vision that everyone in society could take initiative and address social needs, rather than looking to the elite few who lead today. With so many more people taking initiative, imagine how many more problems we could solve! Young people are critical to this vision, because we believe that you have to start taking initiative when you're young. If you wait till you're an adult it might be too late, because by then you'll already be set in your path of who you'll be when you grow up. On the other hand, if you do have an experience of taking initiative at a young age, it is likely that this will prepare you to lead and create positive change throughout your life.
It is clear that any young person who has an idea for improving his or her community, leads a team, launches a venture and contributes something lasting will emerge transformed from such an experience. Young "Venturers" will know that they are capable of leading and creating change, and it is likely that they will take initiative again and again over a lifetime.
Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network.
Our Venturers start businesses, civil society organizations and informal programs that address all kinds of social issues, including poverty, health, the elderly, the environment, education, diversity issues, and the arts. Youth Venture helps our Venturers through this process of designing and launching their ventures, providing guidance, how-to's, and a process for designing and pitching a venture idea.
When the Venture team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers:
- Seed funding of up to $1,000
- Guidance, tools and support
- Allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise
- A supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers
- Identity as part of movement toward youth-led social change
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