Ashoka, the world’s leading social enterprise association, has selected seven initiatives from young people as part of the Young Changemakers program, supported by BBVA, which aims to promote youth enterprise in Spain.
A selection panel for social projects led by young people met in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona). The teams, made up of boys and girls between 14 and 22 years of age, presented their ideas to a panel of experts, who posed questions and discussed the proposals with them.
The projects approved were:
- Ca l’Avi (Horts Gent Gran) A project using vegetable gardens to provide senior citizens with the opportunity to interact with others, improve their health and have fun.
- Sales d’Assaig (Espais per a grups musicals) This team, made up of a music group, hopes to set up practice spaces that can also be used as a meeting point for young people, where they can share their hobbies and enjoy a series of activities, thus creating a focal point for cultural development.
- Associació Juvenil (Oci alternatiu autogestionat) This initiative aims to create a meeting space for and by young people. In a neighborhood with few leisure activities available and where many young people spend a lot of time on the streets and squares, this group aims to set up a series of activities that young people enjoy (workshops, drawing competitions, art exhibitions, etc.), creating for fun and social opportunities.
- Wedise (Web d’intercanvi de Serveis) This online services exchange lets individuals swap ideas and services, at no cost. The project is based on the concepts of recycling, exchange and collaboration.
- Taps x Vida (Recollida de taps) By collecting plastic bottle tops, this team will help sick children to fund treatment for rare diseases. This initiative has been a success in other regions, and the group hopes to raise awareness of the problem and encourage the public, with the support of other groups, to take part in the initiative.
- BAC (Bellvitge Acció Consum), a young collective from the Bellvitge de L’Hospitalet neighborhood, is looking to work on the socio-political importance of consumption. The group aims to set up in community production and consumption structures in their neighborhood, in terms of foodstuffs but also cultural, informational and training platforms.
- The Community Coin, this team is made up of university students who aim to hand out and monitor a community coin (SEEDi) to encourage a “pay-it-forward” program, which can also involve the CSR programs of companies and businesses.
All these young people will join the Ashoka network of Young Changemakers, making up a global movement of young people who are changing the world. They will also receive seed capital to get their projects off the ground.
The panel was made up key figures from leading organizations, including: Mercedes García Villatoro (Director of Esplai La Florida and Ashoka Social Entrepreneur), Nacho Calviño (Manager of Cometa Verde and Leading Changemaker at Ashoka), Lorena Silvestri (head of the Ashoka Young Changemakers program), Elena Correas (Director of the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurs Program), Tomás Cabello (Head of Colegio Llor), Francesc Gutiérrez (Director of Governance and Citizenship at the Sant Boi Council), Carles Gil (Head of the Fundación Servei Solidari) and Quique Bassat (Pediatrician and researcher at CRESIB–ISGlobal. A trustee of the Fundación de Colegios del Mundo Unido and member of the advisory board at the Real Dreams Foundation). The panelists offered suggestions to the teams and got directly involved with the projects, offering their professional support.
The event, involving around 100 people, was broadcast in real time over Twitter: @jchangemakers (Hashtag:#ashokaJCM).