Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries

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Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries
Support 1200+ Young Leaders in 180 Countries

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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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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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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Save Her Pride | Sierra Leone
Save Her Pride | Sierra Leone

2020 has been off to an explosive start for Global Changemakers!

We started the third cycle of the Mentorship Programme, came to the end of the first season of the podcast, launched an essay competition, launched our latest programme - GCMx, and have started receiving reports from projects that were awarded grants in 2019.

Here is an update on how we have been working to create value and impact over the last two months:

 

Project Grants 

Over the course of the year we receive both mid-term and final reports on all the projects that we provide with grants. Please see attached three videos from some of the projects.

We would also like to shine a spotlight on one of the projects, From Waste to Jobs based in Ethiopia.  Global Changemaker, Meseret Molla, received a grant from us last year to implement an ambitious project with the dual aim of addressing plastic pollution and school dropout rates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In just two months, they were able to raise roughly 1,900USD for 50 participating families… Read more

 

Mentorship Programme 

The programme was created with the purpose to help young people develop themselves, in order to become effective leaders and create meaningful change in their communities. We ran two cycles last year, engaging 40 mentors and 40 mentees. We invite you to peruse the attached report for a full evaluation of the programme in 2019.

Going into this next cycle, we have built on the existing programme and 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.

 

GCMx 

We train young changemakers in skills related to project management, design thinking, social impact and social change. The people we have trained at our events and the incredible projects they have developed have impacted over 6 million people worldwide.

We will now be granting licences for people to host events in their community based on our training methodology, with supporting materials and mentorship provided by our team. These GCMx events will be organised in the spirit of our mission to support youth to create positive change and are part of our strategy to reach more young people with the support that they need to be effective changemakers.

 

Essay Competition 

We will be launching our blog, ‘We Are Global Changemakers’, in the coming months. The idea behind the blog is 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 are hosting an essay competition and accepting submissions under the theme “We Are Global Changemakers: Young People Leading the Change”. Essays will be evaluated on Theme, Focus, Organisation, Use of Conventions and Voice and we will select three winners and five runners up who will win access to Global Changemakers tools and resources to turn their creativity and passion into actionable ideas. 

We will announce the competition winners and launch the blog on 20 April 2020.

 

Podcast 

As hard as it is to believe, we have reached the end of the first season of our Young Changemakers Podcast. With guests from Bhutan to El Salvador working on issues as varied as youth political participation to food security, we hope that young changemakers were able to find inspiration to make a positive change in their community!

Catch up on the first season on our website or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Keep an eye on our social media for season two which will be released in the coming months.

 

This would not be possible if not for the generous support of donors like yourself. Thank you very much for supporting our mission and allowing us to support youth to create positive change in their communities. 

Menstruactua | El Salvador
Menstruactua | El Salvador
ER | Argentina
ER | Argentina
From Waste To Jobs | Ethiopia
From Waste To Jobs | Ethiopia

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Global Youth Summit 2019
Global Youth Summit 2019

2019 Has been one of the most impactful years we have ever had. We launched three new programmes and brought on two core team members and four programme contributors. We were able to reach and train more young people, and award more grants to youth-led projects than ever before.

Global Youth Summit 2019

The Global Youth Summit is a fully funded week of training, skills development, capacity building, interactive workshops and networking. The 2019 Summit, the eleventh to date, took place from 13 -19 July in Aarau, Switzerland under the theme of Solutions for Change.

At the summit, participants participated in and lead training sessions, networking and workshops to enhance their skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations and pitching. The changemakers also had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an enabling panel. After the summit, participants become eligible to apply for grant funding to scale existing initiatives or create new projects.

Our Mentorship Programme

This year we launched a virtual mentorship programme that was created by two of our changemakers, Kathia Salazar and Yasmin Morais, who run the programme. It takes place online over 12 weeks and is open to 15-22 year olds from across the world who are mentored by one of our Global Changemakers*. This year we had 80 participants from 65 countries, with plans to expand the programme to 120 participants in 2020.

Over the course of the five-part mentorship journey, participants are equipped with tools, skills and knowledge to "be the change [they] wish to see". They are provided with curated supporting materials and have the opportunity to participate in regular meet ups with other participants.

Our Webinar Series

Our webinar series was created to develop key skills and provide useful information to young people without the barrier of geography or cost. We invite expert guests and changemakers to record a 20-60 minute lecture style webinar which is made available on our website and YouTube channel and is freely accessible to all.  This year we had 2,692 webinar views, a 89% increase from 2018.

Our Tool Kits

Our tool kits are downloadable resources on project management, fundraising and digital media strategy.  They have been translated into 8 languages and used by organizations such as the US Peace Corps, World Vision, the World Bank Institute and UNAIDS Brazil. This year we had 683 downloads, 32% growth from 2018.

Young Changemakers Podcast

In November this year we launched a podcast which was created by three of our changemakers George Chapman, Sophie Staheyeff and William Reyes, who also host the show.

The aim of the podcast is share the stories of fearless young people working to create lasting change in their communities. We interview young changemakers from across the world about their motivations, ambitions and lessons learned along the way. The podcast aims to show you the incredible impact of youth and that you too can make a difference.

In the first three weeks we had 651 listeners from 72 countries.

Grants Programme

We are a pioneer in supporting youth-led projects. Our approach is to train, support and trust young people to develop their own solutions to the challenges they experience. Our grant programme allows people who have attended our training at a Global Youth Summit to apply for funding to implement or scale their own initiatives.

This year we funded 36 youth-led projects in 29 countries. Initial reporting shows a combined impact on 2,019,820 people. 

Looking Ahead

2020 Is looking like it is going to be another big year for us and there will be some big changes. With the record number of applications to our annual Global Youth Summit and the huge growth in our outreach numbers, it is clear that the demand for the support we provide is only growing. To answer this demand, we are developing an online school that will provide skills, knowledge and tools to any person who would like to create a positive change in their community.

We will also be launching GCMx, a combination of an independent and a ‘train the trainer’ model, where young people will be able to host skills training events for other young people in their own communities with support and resources provided by Global Changemakers.

Very Special Thanks

To our contributors, members of our alumni network who go the extra mile and share their skills and time and allow us to provide great content for young people on our extremely limited budget. Whether by hosting webinars, providing mentorship, hosting our podcast (or being featured on it!) or by filming, editing or allowing us to use their music and pictures for our content. Global Changemakers has grown to where we are today thanks to the unlimited talent in our network and their willingness to share it with others.

To our team of five, working from five different countries and 3 different continents to support youth around the world to make a positive impact.

Last, but absolutely not least, our record-breaking year would not have been possible if not for the generous support of donors like yourself. Words seem inadequate to express our gratitude.

Thank you very much.

 

 

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