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Knight Foundation backs Ashoka's Youth Venture launching in Miami

To encourage South Florida youth to develop entrepreneurial skills that benefit their community, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $50,000 to help launch Ashoka’s Youth Venture, the foundation announced in a press release. Ashoka is also partnering with The Miami Foundation and Breakthrough Miami to select its first round of youth participants.

A project of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, Ashoka’s Youth Venture provides high school students with the skills, training and mentorship to launch their own social venture. As part of the funding, Ashoka and partners will work together to select youth participants from 14-18 years old to take part in training workshops and mentoring. Students will then research and design a project that addresses a specific local challenge, such as teen jobs or public safety. They will present their idea to a panel of community leaders, for a chance at $1,000 in seed funding to launch the venture. 

Established in 1996, Ashoka’s Youth Venture has since launched over 5,000 teams in more than 20 countries and 16 U.S. cities. Beginning in July 2013 Ashoka launched the Breakthrough Miami Youth Venture cohort at Ransom Everglades. In September 2013 the Miami Foundation’s Engaged Youth cohort will launch.  In total, 70 students representing 26 schools in Miami-Dade County will take part in Ashoka’s Youth Venture this year and identify as changemakers in June 2014.  

More information: www.youthventure.org