Project #11337

Empowering Young Social Innovators

by Taking IT Global
Young Feminists Movement, Pakistan
Young Feminists Movement, Pakistan

Over the past year we have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding graduates of the Sprout e-course, who have continued to work on their projects with mentoring, coaching, and seed funding support. Below we would like to highlight several of the Equinox Fellows from 2014-2015 in advance of a full report due for public release soon. To read other stories of Sprout graduates, check out our Impact!

Meet The Equinox Fellowship of the Waterloo Global Science Initative, Equinox Summit: Learning 2030



Agbado e-Learning Center (R.E.E.L.)

Age: 29       Country: Nigeria

For more information about Agbado E-Learning Center, please visit: Website:  Check out this video interview with Ajoke!



Collaborative Classrooms

Age: 21       Country: Canada

For more information about Collaborative Classrooms, please visit:

Check out this video interview with Bryson!



International Interdisciplinary Network

Age: 23       Country: United States

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Scaling-up New Pedagogies in Education through Teacher Training in Nigeria


For more information about Contemporary Pedagogy for Teacher Education Training, please visit:



Leaders of Tomorrow

Age: 30       Country: India

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West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE) Hospitality Academy

Age: 27       Country: Nigeria

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Young Feminists Movement

Age: 19       Country: Pakistan 

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New Pedagogies, Nigeria
New Pedagogies, Nigeria
The Inaugural Sprout Ideas Camp!
The Inaugural Sprout Ideas Camp!

TakingITGlobal has introduced a fresh new program to bring opportunities and resources to empower young people.

The Sprout Ideas Camp is an opportunity for campers ages 8-12 to engage with new technologies and pressing global issues in a live setting for one week. TakingITGlobal lauched this camp by hosting it for two weeks at the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Inclusive Design Institute, with support from Apple, Promethean, and Pearson Foundation.

The camp design drew on TakingITGlobal’s rich diversity of programs, including the Sprout e-Course, as well as in-house knowledge and skills. The camp delivered an innovative program model integrating these themes and focus areas: digital games, social entrepreneurship, project mandates, team building, coding, logo design, 3D printing, prototyping, storyboarding, and presentations and public speaking.  The first week’s campers formed teams which selected as their issues, Homelessness, Mental Health, Animal Cruelty, Cyberbullying, World Hunger, Animal Poaching, and Child Labour. The second week’s teams focused on Aboriginal Children’s Rights, Smoking, Alcohol Abuse, Child Marriage, and Global Warming.

Sprout Ideas Camp participants benefitted from the insights of a variety of expert mentors from industry and academia who shared their time and expertise, including individuals from Apple, Promethean, 500px, Offshoot, OCAD University, Functional Imperative, Bellmedia, Zoku, McMaster University, Humber College, and many more.

Your support makes these great experiences for young people possible, so we want to thank you and invite you to learn more! Please follow this link to explore the prototype games campers developed in Scratch, and check out this video which summarizes one of the week-long camps!


Alison Burkett, co-founder, Write to Remember 1994
Alison Burkett, co-founder, Write to Remember 1994

We're thrilled to announce the launch of a new section on our website and a new video series!

Our members inspire us, and we’re always trying to come up with ways to inspire them and even given them an edge as they work on their social innovations. We’ve launched a new video section, Conversations on Social Innovation, to exhibit the stories and lessons of our members.This series will bring both young people and guest experts into the conversation so that young social innovators can learn from a range of experiences. Check out the new section and read on in this report as we highlight a series of videos focusing on Sprout alumni.

Alison Burkett is a graduate of the Sprout e-course that guides and supports project development by our members. Alison was inspired to develop her project Write to Remember 1994 and we’re featuring her story in this video. Write to Remember 1994 was founded to help Rwandan genocide survivors document their stories of tragedy, grief, and survival in a safe and supportive environment for healing. Alison is an educator based in Toronto, and she believes that sharing these stories is not only key for the survivors but also for the "outsiders". These stories have the potential to connect new generations of youth from vastly different walks of life "to the human heart,” Alison says, “to the resilience of life and to our collective responsibility in the face of crimes against humanity." Learn more about Alison’s story here.

David Um is a Sprout graduate based in the Philippines who founded a media project Video For Life – an educational tool that aims to help youth learn through the use of video media in the Tagalog language. Daniel’s success story highlights his use of local resources, overcoming unexpected setbacks, and how he stays motivated. He explains that his teams’ skills in organization, research, and creativity were directly linked to the success of his project. Take a moment and watch the story of Daniel Um and his project here.

Thank you for your time in reading this, and thank you for supporting young social innovators!

Daniel Um, founder, Video for Life
Daniel Um, founder, Video for Life


Sprout, a program of TakingITGlobal
Sprout, a program of TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal’s head office has been busily bringing new opportunities and resources to young people to help them act on issues that are important to them. With your support, TakingITGlobal connects young social innovators to Sprout Ideas [] and delivers the Sprout e-Course to new groups of young people. We are continually improving the program with more emphasis on new video content, mentors, guest experts, and internal curriculum reviews.

The Equinox Fellowship, in partnership with Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), recently completed the e-course – a cohort that saw 36 students registered. Participants are from North America, Africa, and the Middle East. Those completing the course are given the opportunity to apply to further opportunities in the Fellowship, such as mentorship and seed funding for their projects. These participants are all pursuing innovative projects in the field of education.

A large cohort of young people is starting Sprout presently, once again sponsored by Microsoft YouthSpark and donors to this page on Global Giving. Of these 47 young people, 27 are from the TakingITGlobal online community as well as the Microsoft Innovate for Good community. The remaining 20 people are from 4 winning teams of Imagine Cup, a global student technology competition by Microsoft.

These 4 teams are the 2013 Imagine Cup Grants winners, whose projects are generally in the areas of health, and leveraging technology to improve life for other people. Teams are from Slovenia, Taiwan, Australia, and Ireland. We’re honored to be working with these teams. We’re currently matching these Imagine Cup teams with experienced employee mentors, who can give general professional, project-related or technical advice based on their careers in the technology sector. This value-add of matching young people to mentors builds off our previous experience running a program to match about 70 young people to mentors. We think this kind of support will be very valuable in helping the winning teams of Imagine Cup succeed with their projects.

Sprout now has a presence on TakingITGlobal’s homepage, which links to a new domain for Sprout Ideas [].  This new site exhibits this program more fully: There’s a video describing the course and including some testimonial from past graduates, and information on the Sprout e-Course, Sprout Self, and customized cohorts of the Sprout e-Course. We’ve also recently partnered with a professional video studio in Toronto to help us create high quality video content for participants in our programs as well as anyone who finds the TakingITGlobal! We’ve recently interviewed Justin Hanna (Manager at Kids Help Phone, and advisor to DoSomething), and Frances Edmonds (Dir. Environment Programs, HP Canada), and look forward to doing many more of these interviews in the months ahead.


Group of OSC students work together with a mentor.
Group of OSC students work together with a mentor.

Here’s a broad overview of the last several months of TakingITGlobal’s work to engage young social innovators, to build their skills and competencies while building their ideas into real, actionable projects. Since our last report, we have continued to deliver Sprout Unplugged and the Sprout e-Course with new audiences.

Sprout Unplugged was delivered in several new countries. At the Ontario Science Centre last June 2013, TakingITGlobal delivered Sprout Unplugged in partnership with Microsoft Innovate for Good, for 50 graduating high school students from the OSC. Sprout Unplugged is a team-based action learning program designed to bring large groups of young people into teams organized around an idea which is developed into a plan. Team members contribute their unique insights and abilities while exercising skills, through several modules of work which build a project plan. This curriculum was delivered in other countries, including Brazil, where our curriculum was translated into Portuguese and worked successfully for 50 participants as well.

One further cycle of the Sprout e-Course was delivered to 20 young social innovators from India, Canada, Kenya, Philippines, Indonesia, China, and Thailand, who graduated having honed their skills, developed a project portfolio, and are ready now to launch their ventures. There are now 15 students who have just started the course, and a further 20 who are due to start soon, who are sponsored with your support along with partners like Microsoft, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) Equinox Summit, and with youth participants from the WGSI fellowship, the Global Issues Network (GIN), and Ngee Ann Secondary School in Singapore.

Building off the success of our pilot program on mentorship last March 2013, TIG is expanding its mentorship program to match an initial group of 70 mentors. Mentorship can be one of the most beneficial and influential relationships in helping a young person develop in both their professional and personal lives. This program supports young social innovators with a structured introduction to a mentor, a written guide for them to use, and an expectation that a 1-on-1 Skype session will take place with their mentor, where participants can ask questions, get advice, and have a conversation. We’re matching our community of young social innovators with a wide range of professionals, including those from such fields as software engineering, project management, communications, and finance.

Thank you for taking time to read about our progress, and thank you for donating!

Sprout grad shares a still shot from a documentary
Sprout grad shares a still shot from a documentary

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Taking IT Global

Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
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Project Leader:
Ryan MacLean
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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