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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Oct 21, 2020

Supporting Youth in the 'New Normal' - October '20

Seemingly out of nowhere, we find ourselves at the end of October and nearly at the end of 2020! After the initial period of adjustment to the new normal, we were able to continue our work supporting young leaders around the world, with only minor disruptions to our major programmes. 

Here are some of our latest updates on our missions to support young people to create positive change in their communities around the world. 

 

GCMx

After initially thinking we would need to pause our GCMx programme to ensure the safety of our changemakers, this has turned out to be one of our most vibrant and impactful programme over the last four months. Shifting from in-person to virtual independently organised GCMx events, we have been able to engage with and develop the skills of young changemakers from three continents. 

Through partnering with passionate, mission aligned organisations around the world, we co-hosted GCMx events in Brunei, Kenya, Nepal, Palestine, two in the Philippines, Romania, Ukraine, two in the UAE and a regional event for West Africa, with one of the events taking place entirely in Arabic. 

 

Grants Programme

We have awarded grants to 18 youth-led projects, with 3 projects directly addressing the impacts of COVID-19. Like most organisations and initiatives globally, many of our grant recipients had to adapt or postpone their projects to comply with health and safety measures. Projects whose activities would be impossible during a pandemic have been given the opportunity to apply again when it is safe to do so. 

 

Changemakers School

Project Management for Changemakers

When we last spoke, we had just launched our new course Project Management for Changemakers. We have since enrolled students from over 55 countries and held a call for grant applications from students who had completed the course. 

Through the generous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), we were able to offer full scholarships to the course for students from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. A dedicated pool of funds is also available to allocate grants to projects created by changemakers from these countries. 

Facilitation Tools for Changemakers

With the massive shift to online engagement, virtual events and remote work we have seen this year, we have developed a curriculum on effective online engagement, team work and events which will be added to our Facilitation Course. These lessons cover online ice-breakers, platforms, best practices, tips and tools to support changemakers and teams in executing their work to create a positive change. 

 

Young Changemakers Podcast

We released the second season of our podcast. This season saw young changemakers from Australia to Colombia to South Africa to South Sudan, working on issues as varied as Girls Education, Poverty Eradication, Peace Building, Water Access, Tech for Equality and more! We also welcomed our new host, Anastasia Pavlovic who joined William Reyes and George Chapman in sharing the stories of incredible young changemakers around the world to show you that - no matter who you are, how old you are, or where you come from - YOU have the power to make a difference. 

To date, the podcast has been enjoyed by over 4,400 people in 106 countries. 

 

Webinars and Tool Kits

Tool kits: Earlier this year we released a new tool kit on Design Thinking and we took advantage of the last months to translate it into 5 other languages, including Malaysian, Tagalog and Italian. Our toolkits are now available in 11 languages in total. 

Webinars: Our webinar series has seen a surge in popularity during the last months, with over 1,500 more webinar views than this time last year. We have seen interesting and engaging content from changemakers and experts around the world on topics as varied as fundraising, how to approach sponsors and social media advocacy to adaptive leadership, resilience and emotional intelligence. 

 

Looking ahead: 

Virtual Youth Summit 2.0

Since hosting our inaugural Virtual Youth Summit for over 1,400 changemakers from 125 countries in April, it has become more urgent, more important, and more obvious than ever that YOUth need to take the lead to create the world we want to see.

Back by popular demand, we bring you the Virtual Youth Summit 2.0! VYS 2.0 will bring you the inspiring changemakers and networking opportunities synonymous with our VYS, as well as added workshops and sessions to develop your skills and create and action plan to be the change you wish to see.

 

Mentorship

As we head into the last week of Cycle 4 of our Mentorship Programme, we get ready to launch applications for Cycle 5, set to start in early 2021. This cycle saw X mentors and x mentees from X countries, with X mentees participating in the programme in Spanish. 


Thank you so much for your constant support, without you this work would not be possible!



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Jun 25, 2020

June 2020: Progress and Updates

Virtual Youth Summit 2020
Virtual Youth Summit 2020

The last six months have been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows globally, navigating unforeseen challenges and being forced to innovate and think differently about what is possible. We have been working to increase our online programming over the last three years in order to be able to reach more young people without the barrier of geography and we are very thankful that we were still able to support young people around the world through these programmes over the last few months. 

Here are some of our latest updates on our mission to support young people to create positive change in their communities. 

 

Virtual Youth Summit

Like many organisations around the world, we had disruptions to our normal operations in order to ensure that people remain safe and we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. For us that meant pausing plans for our Global Youth Summit. 

We were challenged to think ‘inside the box’ so to speak and we decided to host our first ever Virtual Youth Summit. The #VYS2020 took place online from 24-28 April with over 1,400 participants joining in from over 125 countries. The theme centred around the role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and participants attended panel discussions with over 40 expert guests as well as facilitated networking sessions with other like-minded changemakers who share their passion to make a difference. 

As this was our first VYS we were unsure what to expect (based on the feedback, it will definitely not be the last!). We were blown away by what unfolded and, full disclosure, got a little teary eyed at times reading some of the feedback and interactions between the participants. 

In the last networking session, the participants started planning next actions they can take and discussing how they can collaborate to create positive change. This is exactly what we had hoped for when we created the VYS and it made the perfect time to launch our latest course on Changemakers School – Project Management for Changemakers! 

 

Project Management for Changemakers

The product of months of work and collaboration behind the scenes, we are incredibly proud to have launched our latest course on Changemakers School. This is an online course where young people can learn how to create, execute and scale effective solutions to problems in their community, then apply for funding to make it happen.

There are over 25 lessons on all aspects of creating, running and monitoring a community action project given by experienced young changemakers from over 15 countries and 6 continents. Each lesson also has a set of curated complementary materials as well as simple and practical lesson challenges. When enrolling in the course, participants also join a global community of like-minded people and are able to join regular networking sessions as well as monthly virtual office hours with the course teachers. Upon completion of the course, anyone under the age of 30 automatically becomes eligible to apply for grant funding from Global Changemakers!

 

GCMx

Another programme that was under threat due to COVID-19 was our GCMx programme, a series of independently organised training events in communities. We had just started granting licenses to passionate people around the world to host these events when the pandemic broke out. Forced to think inside the box once again in order to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19 and work within local and international safety regulations, we adapted the programme into an online format to be able to connect, engage with and develop the skills of young changemakers during this lockdown period. 

We hosted two successful GCMx events in The Philippines over the last month and will be hosting GCMxUAE in July. 

 

Mentorship Programme

Created with the purpose to help young people develop themselves in order to become effective leaders and create meaningful change in their communities, we have just finished the third cycle of our Mentorship Programme. This year we incorporated additional tools and chapters to create even more value for programme participants - including mentoring participants in the creation and execution of their own community action project – and the feedback has been very positive. 

An exciting update to the programme is that, from the next cycle, participants will be able to complete the programme in Spanish, including the application process, sessions and programme materials!

 

Blog

We launched our blog, ‘We Are Global Changemakers’, earlier in the year to provide a space where young people can contribute to the discussion around sustainable development and celebrate the role they play in this process.

To celebrate the launch of the blog, we hosted an essay competition and were blown away by the submissions! We received 338 submissions from 78 countries. We selected 3 winners, 5 runners up and 39 honourable mentions which you can enjoy at the link below.

Thank you very much for supporting us on this journey create positive change in their communities around the world. 

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