Ashoka Innovators for the Public announces its latest cohort of Ashoka Young Changemakers in India


07 June 2022 15:28 STI

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]June 7 (ANI/NewsSee): Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world‘s largest network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers, has selected 13 changemakers from across India for the third edition of Ashoka Young Changemakers .
Ashoka Young Changemakers is a carefully selected network of young people who have already launched their own initiatives, built teams and created positive change in their communities. The new cohort of Ashoka Young Changemakers addresses a wide variety of issues ranging from mental health, financial literacy, environmental conservation, education, communications, healthcare, gender, art and culture.
These young changemakers include:
Anagha R, Goa, Yours Mindfully: Anagha founded Yours Mindfully (formerly MindChamps), a strong community of over 40 young people aged 15-22 from around the world, with a mission to fill the gaps in awareness, inclusion and accessibility around the world. mental health space. The platform offers inclusive, research-based mental health resources and runs listening circles, workshops, and digital media campaigns that provide students, teachers, and parents with a support system to deal with issues. of mental health.
T Anjana Suresh, Kerala, FunFunds: Aiming to deepen conversations around financial literacy, Anjana has launched FunFunds – a digital platform that offers free financial literacy courses for different age groups and attempts to counter stereotypes of finance as something terribly boring. The platform works through social media and other channels.
Bhagyashree P, Maharashtra, Empower: In an effort to empower and empower young minds to channel their creativity for change, Bhagyashree founded Empower magazine. It is a platform where young people can communicate on issues that matter to them without the barriers of nationality, race, culture or gender. The magazine has published 11 editions and has over 4,000 monthly readers in over 80 countries.
Dhruv N, Tamil Nadu, Finance4Future: Dhruv founded “Finance4Future” to address the problem of financial illiteracy which is widespread in low income communities and rural areas of India. Dhruv and his team were able to reach hundreds of students from underfunded schools and disadvantaged communities and offered to take 10-14 classes on basic financial concepts.
Dwishojoyee B, Bihar, The Soft Move: Dwishojoyee’s initiative ‘The Soft Move’ aims to help young people move from being ‘noise makers’ to ‘change makers’. The 30-member team led by Dwishojoyee, runs “The Paperbag Project” which works closely with street vendors to help them switch from plastic bags to paper bags.
Kalash B, Maharashtra, Fun Learning Youth: Kalash runs ‘Fun Learning Youth’, an organization that involves young people in social activities that helps disadvantaged children in education while providing management and change skills to those involved. Fun Learning Youth has so far mentored 700 students across the country and is now moving towards re-enrolling students in formal schools and increasing accountability within traditional school systems.
Krishna S, Jammu and Kashmir, Maunitva Nirakrn: Krishna founded ‘Maunitva Nirakarn’, an organization which aims to raise awareness and destigmatize mental health issues. The organization, with 10 core team members, 7 cause ambassadors and 40 volunteers, has reached hundreds of people through its webinars in cities across the country.

Prajal R, Sikkim, COVID Management System: Prajal founded “Ripra Clothing Private Limited”, an initiative to promote the unique societal flavor and cultural extravagance offered by his home state to Mainland Indians. During the second wave of COVID-19, Prajal also worked to create a management system with a team of over 200 volunteers. Using social media, he collaborated with various media houses in his state and across the country and worked as a COVID emergency coordinator under the Chief Minister of Sikkim. The team was active in 21 Indian states and helped over 1,000 patients in 13 days.
Rishikesh A, Odisha, Kisan Know: Rishikesh launched “Kishan Know”, an IoT and AI-based model that helps recognize pests and microbial attacks in less than 12 hours and recommends the right pesticide to use for this particular infestation, to help save crops from damage. So far, it has helped more than 7 villages save their crops from damage. Rishikesh is currently working with the government to be able to expand this service also at state and national level.
Sagarika D, Assam, Maan Ki Umeed: Through “Maan Ki Umeed”, Sagarika and her team focus on enrolling slum children in primary schools and organizing various capacity building programs for them. The team led by Sagarika was able to reach over 500 girls and women in rural and deprived areas, donated over 15,000 sanitary pads during the 2020 Assam floods and provided food ration kits to over of 1,500 families during the COVID-19 pandemic covering 4 neighborhoods in Assam.
Shloka A, Karnataka, InternMee: Shloka’s ‘InternMee’ initiative is a unique platform to help high school students find jobs as well as help organizations find and recruit passionate volunteers. With a core team of 25, the platform has 35,000 global users and has responded to 20,000 applications with a 50% match rate.
Suhani D, Maharashtra, Sangam India: Suhani runs ‘Sangam India’, a platform for empowering local artists, entrepreneurs and creative minds, where they can showcase their skills, grow their businesses and meet future collaborators. With a team of 40 people between the ages of 14 and 24, the platform has a base of hundreds of member artists in their national community.
Vasundhara C, Punjab, Inspire Dose: Vasundhara’s ‘Inspire Dose’ initiative aims to de-stigmatize mental health, provide mental health support to people and have young people find new paths through spirituality. With a team of four, Vasundhara conducted surveys, wrote blogs, made videos, recorded podcasts and provided self-care articles.
“Our growing community of Ashoka Young Changemakers is a testament to the power of beginning to lead change early, which is a fundamental step in becoming lifelong changemakers. Even in the face of the many challenges and uncertainties brought about by pandemic, these inspiring young changemakers have remained committed to their goals of bringing about positive change and moving their communities forward. We look forward to helping them come up with their best ideas to create an “Everyone” world around them. changemaker,” said Yashveer Singh, co-founder and Global Director of Ashoka Young Changemakers.
These young changemakers will be introduced to a global platform with additional access to co-leadership boot camps, media partnerships, public speaking platforms, exposure tours , strategic allies and more opportunities to become the influencers of youth culture in India.
Ashoka paves the way for an “everyone is a changemaker” world. As the world’s largest network of changemakers and social innovators with over 4,000 social entrepreneurs in 93 countries, Ashoka aims to drive social change at scale. Ashoka helps innovators get started, grow their ideas, collaborate, reshape entire systems, and influence societal transformation. Founded in 1980 with the belief that the most powerful force in the world is a big idea in the hands of an entrepreneur, Ashoka applies the ideas of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to set in motion profound societal transformation. Current knowledge indicates that our rapidly changing world calls for an “Everyone is a Changemaker” world, a world where every person practices the essential skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and change. .
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