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. More information: www.youthventure.org