Ashoka Seattle catalyzes citizen entrepreneurs to solve the most pressing social needs of the region.Ashoka Seattle's cornerstone program, Youth Venture, is building a movement of young Changemakers who will redefine the role of young people in society as powerful leaders of social change. Since 1996, Youth Venture has been inspiring and investing in teams of young people (ages 12-20) to create and launch their own sustainable, community-benefiting Ventures. Youth Venture provides guidance, coaching and up to $1,000 in seed funding to help young people turn their ideas for social change into reality.
Ashoka’s Youth Venture Seattle was established in late 2007 as a pioneer franchise which is a key element to YV’s global scaling strategy and will be replicated around the world. Since that time, more than 70 youth-led Venture teams have been supported involving more than 750 young people from throughout the greater Seattle area.