Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally

by Global Changemakers Association
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Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally
Online Learning for 1000 Changemakers Globally

We are closing the first half of the year and it has been quite a ride so far. We’ve had the opportunity to amplify our work as an organization and reach young changemakers from new regions. Over the last couple of months, we have focused on creating new spaces for changemakers to convey and adapting our existing content for new geographies. This has created a unique opportunity to directly support the work done by young people in Spanish speaking communities as well as integrate them to a global network of like minded people.

Take a look at how we have been able to maximize our reach and get to new communities of changemakers in the last six months:  


Menstruación, Salud Sexual y Reproductiva para Changemakers

We brought our course on Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health to Spanish speakers, specially curated by  remarkable health young professionals in Latin America. We’ve made great progress on health topics around the world, however, in 2023, Menstruation and Sexual health are still a taboo conversation. We know the importance of addressing this information in a way that makes it easy and friendly to understand and discuss among young people. Since its launch on March 8th we’ve had over 400 enrolled students from different countries in Latin America, broadening the efforts we have done in previous years with the translation of the Project Management Course and the Virtual Youth Summits we’ve had in Spanish and Portuguese.

African Youth Summit

For the first time since 2019, Global Changemakers is excited to announce the return of our Youth Summit which will be hosted in the beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, from October 17th to October 20th 2023. The African Youth Summit is a life changing opportunity for young changemakers to develop their skills and connect with their peers to amplify their impact and strengthen their local initiatives. The summit is transformative for its young participants as it is often the first program that defines their youth as a strength and supports their innovative ideas to bring change to their communities. 

This year the African Youth Summit welcomes all activists, social entrepreneurs, campaigners, volunteers, and leaders for change who live in or are from Africa, aged 21 to 28 to apply for this life changing opportunity. As an organization dedicated to making opportunities as accessible as possible for young people, the event will be fully funded to cover the accommodations, meals, domestic travel in and international travel to South Africa during the duration of the event for the 50 selected changemakers. Alumni from the upcoming African Youth Summit will also be eligible to receive grant funding from Global Changemakers for their initiatives and will have continual mentorship and support.


First Grant Cycle of 2023

The beating heart of the work we do has always been the changemakers and their continuous drive to create positive change, however, our years of experience have also taught us that without the proper support it is hard for changemakers to sustain their projects over time. This is the reason why we continuously search for ways to support youth work and 2023 has been no different. Our first grant cycle was launched in February and we selected four amazing recipients from the Project Management for Changemakers Course alumni. These changemakers are working directly in their communities, educating and creating opportunities for a better environment and way of life. This marks the start of a strong year for the changemakers out there as we want to open more grant cycles throughout the year.


Virtual Events 

As part of our constant efforts to amplify the voice of young changemakers we are celebrating monthly events with remarkable guest speakers. These online events explore deeper some of the topics we cover in our online courses and give our students new platforms to connect with each other and broaden the conversation. 

Our event for March was celebrated on the international Women’s day to accompany the launch of the Menstrual Sexual and Reproductive Health Course in Spanish. This event had as guest speakers the teachers and young medical professionals who were involved in the creation of the lessons for the course. All of our past events are available online in our youtube channel for the attendants to re-watch and get the answers they might have.

On the other hand, for April we had a phenomenal Live session with speakers Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Rivalni Septiadi, and Marie-Claire on the crucial role youth play in climate action and creating a sustainable future for our planet. The guest speakers shared insights on youth involvement, strategies for accelerating activism, climate literacy, and solutions. 

Finally this past May we had to keep up with what our students for the MSSR Course were asking and we held a second event focused on the myths and taboos from Menstrual Health. We gathered a lineup of incredible speakers: Athena Charanne, Joanne Joloy, and Adriana Gonzalez for a live discussion into the most common menstrual myths and to provide essential hygiene recommendations, emphasizing the vital role of menstrual education.

As always, our work could not have been possible without the help of the people who belive in our mission. 



The Global Changemakers Team

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It’s exciting and maybe even a little frightening… 2023 is already here, and we are almost a month into the new year! 

You know what this means: we are all attempting to set goals to achieve this year, or better known as our New Year's Resolutions. Two key points that may help you in achieving your goals are to make them measurable and realistic. 

Most importantly, one must always celebrate their success! Staying positive and looking back at what you have accomplished can really go a long way. 

As for our team here at Global Changemakers, we would like to personally share our gratitude for your continuous support throughout the years. Your support changes the lives of many and encourages the spread of positivity for a brighter future.

It is worth highlighting that we closed 2022 with our big and exciting project: The Annual Report. A dedicated report to look back and see how much we accomplished in just a year. Some highlights from our year are listed below: 

January: Global webinar in collaboration with UNESCO

February: Cycle 7 of the Mentorship Programme

April: Virtual Youth Summit, Latin America

May: Launch of the call for applications for the North American Grants in collaboration with the Shawn Mendes Foundation

June: Awareness and resources campaign celebrating PRIDE

August: International Youth Day Twitter Chat and the release of Season 4 of the podcast

September: Youth Engagement workshop for Price Waterhouse Cooper Zurich

November: Global Launch of our FREE Ecology for Changemakers Course at the 17th UNFCCC Conference of the Youth Workshop in collaboration with YouthLead

December: Giving Season Fundraising campaign

In 2022, we were able to fund 25 youth-led projects that have positively impacted over 100,000 people in over 190 countries.

Anyways, we don’t want to simply make a copy of the report in this February update, so why don’t you get a cup of coffee and take some minutes to check the annual report by yourself? Click here to access it. 

Despite the hardships endured through the pandemic, our global impact has only been made possible through our collaborators, contributors, and volunteers.

Again, we humbly thank you for your support and wish you the best luck in 2023.


Global Changemakers Team


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Dear Donor, 

Throughout this year, you have received different updates on what we have been up to at Global Changemakers and key results from our different programs. Today, as we set foot on the last quarter of the year, we want to show appreciation for your continuous support and update you on recent plans that will keep adding value to the changemakers we serve. 

In a recent report, we explained how our strategy has always centered around providing youth with the right tools and resources so they can create more fair, inclusive, and sustainable communities. The mission in itself has a broad room, but years of experience working for and by youth has shown us an impressive amount of opportunities where others might perceive gaps. 

In the last couple of years, working to support youth in that mission has quickly evolved and adapted to the realities we face. We went from providing on-site to off-site training, delivering countless networking and connection spaces, mentoring, and even financially supporting projects, resulting in ripple effects. The reality is: societal problems keep evolving, and so does the unstoppable desire of younger generations to act and do something about them.

With such context in mind, we are about to wrap up the year with important announcements:

After launching our Changemakers School in 2020 with courses on Facilitation, Project Management, and Menstruation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, we have supported 33 youth-led initiatives created by our students, adding up to the over 400 youth-led projects that Global Changemakers has supported since its inception in 2007, which have collectively reached out to over 15 million people worldwide. 

However, we have decided to keep expanding our portfolio with a new course focused on Ecology, motivated by changemakers' interest in the topic and the alarming trends presented by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2021. Our future depends on the choices that humanity makes today, and in our experience, young people are on the front line of making the positive changes we need.

We are currently on a countdown to officially launch this comprehensive and intersectional course, which aims to teach at least one thousand young changemakers about applying an ecological perspective to their individual lifestyle and activism. What’s more impressive is that the course's curriculum was designed by 20 Global Changemakers alumni from diverse backgrounds with relevant experience leading ecological projects. Yes, this is why I keep bragging about our impact being unique. We give them the knowledge, they triple it and do awesome things. 

We believe that to think and do activism ecologically is to be grounded in the connections that sustain life. It is to be attentive to the reality that our well-being is interdependent with the well-being of the living planet around us.

As I finish this update report, I am thinking about the enormous privilege of having faithful supporters like you, who opened up their hearts and decided to give back to a very important cause. Please rest assured that your donation has and continues to impact people’s lives worldwide. 

We will keep you posted as we officially launch this free course on November 2nd with the hopes that you could share it with your extended networks.


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It is that time of the year again when we reflect on what the first half of 2022 looked like. Against all odds, our organization has been a true catalyst for youth empowerment and change. Over the last couple of months, we have been able to witness how young people not only ask for sustainable development but are at the forefront of building it. With strong energy, passion, creativity, and the ability to innovate, they are all advocating for a fair, sustainable, and equitable world. 

Take a look at how we have been able to maximize our reach and get to new communities of changemakers in the last six months:

1. Virtual Youth Summit

Throughout the years, Global Changemakers has organized 11 in-person Global Youth summits, 4 regional, and many other pieces of training worldwide. However, as the pandemic evolved, we quickly adapted this model and transitioned that programming to a virtual space, which allowed us to get to communities we did not do before.

After 3 successful online Youth Summits, the organization started to work on localizing content to the Latin American community, a region where the demand for local resources to help social entrepreneurs thrive is strongly needed.

After some consultations with changemakers from our community, the team put up together the first Virtual Youth Summit for Latin America this April 2022. With the theme, “Connecting to transform,” the conference centered around the potential of Latin American youth to build an inclusive and sustainable region. It was a space where young people had the chance to network and heard from high-level speakers and young changemakers working towards social impact projects.

 2. Changemakers School 

We used the Latin American Summit as a space to launch our Changemakers School in Spanish and Portuguese. The courses offered, such as Project Management and Facilitation for Changemakers, have been co-created with the Global Changemakers community, a massive network of people from all over the world that came together, and combined efforts, work, and knowledge to teach other young people how to become changemakers and elevate the impact of their projects.

What's Next 

As we look forward to the following months, we are highly focused on increasing our fundraising efforts to make our programs sustainable and accessible to a broader network of young people worldwide.

We sincerely thank you for being part of our community of supporters. We look forward to sharing our plans and impact as we evolve and bringing onboard donors like you who are as passionate as we are to empowering a generation that is hungry for change.


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Mentorship Program Onboarding - Feb 2022
Mentorship Program Onboarding - Feb 2022

Creating real change takes effort and commitment. Thanks to supporters like you and our community of young changemakers who remain hopeful about creating lasting change, 2021 was a wonderful and exciting year! 

“It brought us the opportunity to collaborate with many organizations to promote youth’s participation and highlight their amazing work. As the second year of the pandemic continued to affect the way we work and interact with each other, we worked hard to increase our online engagement with the youth we worked with and for.” Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors in 2021, we supported 32% more projects, which had an extensive reach of +5 million people globally.

Take a look at our Annual Report to see our impact in 2021.

This year, we will continue to work in our mission to support youth to create positive change towards more inclusive, fair, and sustainable communities. Here is what we have been working on in the last couple of months: 

  1. We officially started the seventh cycle of the Mentorship Program. This time, we are welcoming a cohort of 20 unique, brilliant and exceptional changemakers along with 18 mentors for a 12-week mentoring journey. This cohort brings together 23 different nationalities, and for the first time, we have participants from Serbia, Algeria, Mauritius, and the Netherlands. We will be guiding our mentees on using data science to go from education to employment, bringing visibility to people with disabilities, conserving endangered species, increasing awareness about sexual harassment and mental health, among others. These young students are ready to use our program to explore, learn and take their journey and activism to the next level.
  2. Preparations for the First Virtual Youth Summit in Latin America have kicked off, and we will soon release information on how to join.
  3. Our community of students at the Online School keeps on growing. There are now 2,899 students from over 80 countries enrolled, a 28% increase from December 2021.
  4. We are working with young climate activists to launch a new course, "Ecology for Changemakers", at the Changemakers School. Its goal is to teach young people worldwide how to apply an ecological perspective to their lifestyle and activism. We are currently looking for sponsors who could help us reach this goal. If you are interested, email us at

This year is filled with optimism fueled by watching our community of changemakers benefit their communities. We trust there are a lot of supporters like you who will keep on driving our mission and actions further, and we can’t wait to share the impact these projects will bring to the communities they serve. 

Preparations for the Virtual Youth Summit LATAM
Preparations for the Virtual Youth Summit LATAM


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