Ashoka

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

Aug 29, 2014

Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the transformational practice of yoga, she...

Yoga in Africa: Transforming Young Minds, Hearts and Livelihoods

Aug 23, 2014

The Africa Yoga Project provides young Africans with an opportunity to become leaders and positive change agents. “Wellness” is a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the West. While holistic approaches to mental and physical health are not new to sub-Saharan Africa, the industry is only beginning...

Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya

Jul 30, 2014

The lack of access to gainful employment is a cause of frustration and disappointment for many young people in Kenya. Vickie Wambura Wamonje is the founder of Nafisika Trust, a prison rehabilitation program that seeks to reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates in Kenya. She was elected an Ashoka Fellow...

Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change

Jul 23, 2014

Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime. Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from prison. She wanted to provide transformational experiences to help...

IkamvaYouth: Tackling Education and Employment in South Africa

Jul 03, 2014

With a poor quality education system, disadvantaged South Africans face challenges in accessing higher education. Joy Olivier, founder and director of IkamvaYouth in South Africa, is on a mission to enable youth from disadvantaged communities to pull themselves and each other out of poverty, and into tertiary education and employment. With pay-it-forward...

Webinar and Twitter Chat: Youth Employment in Africa

Jun 25, 2014

Join us on June 25 for a webinar in partnership with Ashoka to mark the launch of a new 360° on youth employment in Africa. Around the world, communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers, and shape better realities for themselves...

360° Launch: Youth Employment in Africa

Jun 23, 2014

Announcing the launch of a new 360° on youth employment in Africa, in partnership with Ashoka. Around the world, communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers, and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them. Unfortunately, in many...