Inspired to build an Everyone a Changemaker World

Our values

Courage

We are living through a time of unprecedented change and interconnectedness. We must have the courage to pursue bold new solutions and radical collaborations for the good of all.

Wonder

We dare to be open-minded and optimistic about the possibilities of how this unfolding future can be shaped by every individual working as a changemaker. We are constantly amazed and inspired by the work of changemakers around us.

Equity

Ashoka’s Everyone a Changemaker vision includes a deep commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. We believe that new challenges can and must be addressed by EVERYONE acting as creative problem solvers. As a part of our commitment to this value, we make sure that the diverse communities that we work with involve young people as equal co-leaders.

Humility

Every day we’re grateful for and inspired by the work and dedication of our diverse set of partners. We see our role as facilitating collaboration and innovation, recognizing that the best solutions come from the people on the ground.

Wellbeing

We know that young people today are already under tremendous pressure. Changemaking must not come at the expense of wellbeing. We take the time to invest in the whole person, not just their project or idea, and we are deeply committed to advancing wellbeing for changemakers everywhere.

Organizations

Youth serving organizations in our network value changemaking culture for their employees as well as the young people they work with.  They help grow changemaker mindsets in their employees and provide opportunities for youth to practice empathy and changemaking at various points in their day.

Companies

Ashoka partners with the most innovative corporations ready to co-create a multi-faceted partnership that engages various parts of their business. Ashoka looks for corporations that embrace changemaking culture internally with their employees as well as within their broader business.

Over the years Ashoka Youth Years US has partnered with over 50 corporations to encourage tens of thousands of young people to become changemakers and grow changemaking culture within their businesses.

Media

Ashoka has many media partners that are dedicated to spreading the everyone a changemaker message. Some of our partners are below.

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School districts

We live in a world of unprecedented change. How are we preparing students to navigate and contribute to this world? We need to re-imagine education to support teachers, parents, and administrators to prepare students to thrive in their rapidly changing world. Our partner School Districts commit to shifting their culture towards one that embraces changemaking by spending a school year integrating changemaking into the mindsets of their teachers, school curriculum, larger systems, and district culture.

A changemaker identity for educators and superintendents is one that will ensure resilience and creativity to overcome the classroom’s and district’s many obstacles. 

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government

Ashoka has defined the field of social entrepreneurship around the idea of systems change. Our work as the Youth Years team continues this work by engaging with visionary policy makers at all levels to ensure that the outcomes which lead to an everyone a changemaker world are solidly embedded in the structure and systems of education in ways that support the next generations of changemakers.

UNIONS

The Unions with whom Ashoka works represent hundreds of thousands of nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities. Ashoka works closely with our unions partners and the communities they serve to create a future where everyone can discover their power to be a changemaker and where young people learn to thrive in this volatile and rapidly changing world.