Why Brazil ?
For the past five years, Brazil has faced crisis after crisis. Political first, with corruption scandals erupting and shaking the forces in play; economical second, with the shrinking of its economy for the first time in its modern history; and social third, with the impoverishment of its population. And yet, Brazil is filled with potential. Everywhere in the country, young Brazilians are taking the lead and doing their best to implement positive change on their scale.
We have chosen Brazil as the country where we will lead our first programme designed to empower young people. With a team already on the ground and our project manager looking for initiatives carried by young people to become a part of our programme, we are in the best position possible to help out young Brazilians willing to make their ideas a reality, and be leaders of positive change in their communities.
What's the program exactly ?
In October of 2018, we led a 3-days event with workshops in communication, fundraising, budgeting, etc where young people have learned the basic skills they need to master in order to be effective in making their projects a success. Punctuated with interventions by successful local entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and local authorities, the young people representing their initiatives have been put in situations where they had to switch from theory to practice.
At the end of the process, a certain number of initiatives have been selected by our team based on a realistic assessment of both the positive impact the selected initiatives can make, as well as the seriousness of the application and the possibility to mentor it and make it a success for everyone. Of that process, 3 initiatives and the people involved in them are now the first ever Young Enough Ambition Grantees.
In 2019, Young Enough Ambition organises its second program, with the Brazil is Young Enough Summit, from the 28th to the 30th of October. The Summit will gather 50 young people willing to either learn more about how they can develop their initiatives, or learn more as to how they can make their existing initiatives a success.