For young people coming of age around the world the search for new opportunities to support themselves and their families often leads them away from the communities in which they grew up. From rural America to northern Nigeria, communities with few jobs and under-resourced schools struggle to raise connected, hopeful young people who have the skills needed to succeed.
Yet around the world seemingly ordinary people are taking action. Determined in their efforts to create thriving, functional, and optimistic communities, they are addressing needs that would likely have gone unnoticed if it were not for their efforts. From literacy programs to vocational training, from music programs to efforts to bring together young people of different cultures, these visionaries are redefining their communities and the future of the young people who live in them through hard work, relationships, and courage.
This kind of community oriented, community led work that starts from the ground up is exactly why we are here and why we support grassroots changemakers. Imagine a world where each of us found at least one thing that we wanted to change for the better and set ourselves a goal of making it happen. The 14 projects below have each taken that step and we invite you to be inspired by them, learn from them, and possibly to even join them in changing the world.