Mar 1, 2021

Beyond Online Learning

As we head to celebrate almost a year since the Changemakers School was launched, we are extremely happy to see the impact young people are having by accessing our unique online resources. Their experience goes beyond learning -- it is creating meaningful, positive change in their communities.

To date, we have enrolled more than 1,200 students from over 55 countries. Our partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation helped us provide scholarships and grant funding to young changemakers from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to foster youth-led community development in those countries. 

There were two granting cycles held last year, where we awarded 20 grants to youth-led projects, created through our Project Management course, in 12 different countries. Whether teaching underprivileged girls how to build robots in El Salvador and Nigeria, facilitating access to drinking water in impoverished neighbourhoods in Venezuela, helping children learn English through interactive Ebooks in Romania or bringing solar electricity to remote villages in Malawi, the projects launched thus far from our Changemakers School are making a real difference.

Even though our operations had involved the use of technologies before, the Online School came at a time where training and capacity building for young people is more needed than ever, as many of them are stepping up to help their communities affected by the pandemic.

See the attached report to read more about them.

WHERE TO NEXT?

Due to language barriers, we have only been able to reach young people who speak English, but we are looking forward to expanding our programs to Latin America and are in the process of sourcing new funding to provide scholarships to young leaders from the region that can benefit from the courses in Spanish and Portuguese. While they might not speak English fluently, many Latin-American youths are project leaders, NGO founders, social entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders. 


Exciting News

This March 8th, 2021, we will be launching a brand new Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health course created by 10 Changemakers from 9 countries who are activists and/or medical professionals and who have extensive experience in working on Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and who founded organizations such as Awareness 360, BlurredLines, Udaan, the Leader Unleashed, and Tingathe. 

The course not only covers standard MSRH lessons but also touches on important and often overlooked issues such as peer pressure, respectful relationships and consent from a current and youth perspective. It also provides valuable information on different, modern menstrual hygiene and management products and the health and environmental impacts of their use.

THANK YOU

On behalf of the Global Changemakers team, thank you for being part of our community and supporting the work we do. Without you, none of it is possible.

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Feb 17, 2021

Getting the most out of the 'new normal' - February 2021 Update

And, we've made it to 2021. Now more than ever, we are grateful for the community that has funded, supported, celebrated, and advocated for our organization throughout the years.

At a time where everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement in knowing that our mission to support young people to create positive change in their communities remains intact and our impact keeps growing -- thanks to people like you who care about our cause.

Here's an update of all of our programs so far.

GCMx

Within a year of launching GCMx, where local partners can organize and run impactful events in their communities, it has turned out to be one of our most vibrant and impactful programs. Last year, there were 12 independent, virtually-organized GCMx events that trained over 400 participants from 20 countries, including Malawi, the Philippines, Palestine, Romania, UAE, Kenya, and India, to name a few. For the first half of 2021, there are already 7 events being organized, reaching new countries and young people.

Grants Programme

In 2020, we awarded grants to 32 youth-led projects, including 20 projects in 12 different countries, coming directly from students who participated in our Project Management for Changemakers course. Whether teaching underprivileged girls how to build robots in El Salvador and Nigeria, facilitating access to drinking water in impoverished neighborhoods in Venezuela, helping children learn English through interactive Ebooks in Romania or bringing solar electricity to remote villages in Malawi, the projects launched thus far from our Changemakers School are making a difference in their communities. Our grant recipients had to adapt their projects to comply with certain health and safety measures, and projects whose activities would be impossible during a pandemic have been given the opportunity to postpone or apply again when it is safe to do so.

Changemakers School

Project Management for Changemakers: Since launching a course on Project Management for Changemakers, we have enrolled 1,294 students from over 55 countries and made the grants application process available to anyone who completed the course. Thanks to the generous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), we were able to offer full scholarships to the course to +1000 students from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi and give 20 grants to support projects launched throughout the course.

Facilitation Tools for Changemakers: With the massive shift to online engagement, virtual events and remote work have become essential. The curriculum developed on effective online engagement, teamwork and events have been of great value. These lessons cover online ice-breakers, platforms, best practices, and tips and tools to support changemakers and teams in executing their work to create a positive change.

Spanish and Portuguese versions of the courses will be released in the coming months.

Young Changemakers Podcast

In a period where many of us look to engage with meaningful stories to get inspired, our Young Changemakers Podcast has been positively accepted and reached a greater audience. Our changemakers from Australia to Colombia to South Africa to South Sudan have been able to bring personal and life-changing stories to more than 6000 listeners in more than 100 countries on issues as varied as Girls Education, Poverty Eradication, Peace Building, Water Access, Tech for Equality, and more.

We are extremely happy to welcome Sara Botero as our new host for Season 3, to be launched this year in April. Expect to hear more episodes in Spanish too!

Webinars and Tool Kits

Toolkits: From project management, fundraising, digital media, to design thinking, our toolkits are powerful resources that can be downloaded for free from our website and that have benefited not only young people but organizations all over the world. 2020 saw a 366% increase in downloads (+3k) and these are now available in 11 languages in total.

Webinars: There has been strong popularity and an increase in our webinar views. With changemakers and experts speaking on topics as varied as fundraising, how to approach sponsors, social media advocacy and more, our webinars make our advocacy possible as they reach people from all over the world and introduce them to topics every changemaker should be aware of, accessible at any time. This year, we launched the first webinar in Portuguese: “Youth, Activism and Democracy,” and we have a line up of webinars coming up in the next few months.

Virtual Youth Summits

As we transitioned to hosting our Youth Summits in a virtual setting in 2020, we experienced huge success in the Virtual Events held in both April and November last year. With more than 1,800 participants combined, we were able to make a call to action and inspire young people to engage in inspiring discussions and networking spaces with others across the world. With a combination of learning and practice, we were able to bring guest speakers from all continents to train participants in skills such as problem framing, theory of change, story telling, fundraising, branding and marketing, among others.

Mentorship

As we head towards celebrating almost 2 years since we first launched the Mentorship Programme, we are honoured to currently have an ongoing cycle with 27 mentees and 23 mentors from more than 27 countries combined, including new participants from Morocco, Italy, Dominican Republic, and Chile, to name a few.

From providing hygiene education and product access in order to improve the health and self-esteem of youth to training young communities on empathetic communication and self-exploration creating a global ecosystem for social changemakers, writing policy papers and lobbying to improving the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ students living with mental Illness, our mentorship program equips exceptionally talented young people on their path to changemaking.

Through our programme, their mission and journey is strengthened and their impact is maximized.

Looking Ahead:

As we continue to work tirelessly for an exciting and purposeful 2021, on behalf of the Global Changemakers team, we want to THANK YOU for being part of our community. We firmly believe that the power of our organization comes not only from what we call ourselves but from the passionate people like you that live and breathe our shared mission every single day.

Thanks for the support!

For more information, take a closer look at our 2020 Annual Report

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Nov 6, 2020

Changemakers School: 6 Month Update!

Project Management for Changemakers
Project Management for Changemakers

Changemakers School was created to develop essential skills needed for young people to create meaningful positive change in their communities through easily accessible online learning and grant funding opportunities.

We have had an enormously positive response to the launch of Changemakers School this year, enrolling over 1080 students from over 60 countries. Building on this positive response, we added new content to our courses, have been working on both the Spanish and Portuguese translations of the courses as well as developing new courses set to go live in 2021.


We entered into a partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation who provided scholarships and grant funding to young changemakers from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to foster youth led community development in those countries. We are in talks with other organisations to provide scholarships to young leaders from Asia and the Middle East to
Changemakers School in the coming months.


During the first granting cycle, we awarded 11 grants to youth-led projects that were created through our Project Management course, with plans to host another call for applications for grants early next year.


This growth would not be possible without the generous support of people like yourself. Thank you so much for allowing us to provide online learning for changemakers globally! We look forward to growing Changemakers School and reaching more young people around the world. 

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