Adults depend on children and youth every day. Whether its giving them a role as parents, teachers or youth workers, or having someone to instruct, invest and empower, adults get their meaning and purpose from young people. However, there are times when that has to be made obvious. Youth social entrepreneurship shows us some of those times. When children and youth see serious social issues they can solve on their own or with adults as allies, they can take action, develop enterprises that meet those challenges, and work to sustain their actions.
You Might Like…
- Youth as Entrepreneurs
- Actions Youth are Taking to Change the World
- The Freechild Project Youth Action Guide by Adam Fletcher
- YouthActionNet by the International Youth Foundation
- “Adolescents and Civil Engagement: Social Entrepreneurship and Young People” by the UNICEF Adolescent Development and Participation Unit
- “Engaging Youth to Be Social Entrepreneurs” by Paul Lamb for Skoll Foundation
Other tools are out there, too – share your thoughts in the comments below! For more information about how The Freechild Project can support youth social entrepreneurship in your community or organization, contact us.
Special thanks to Jim Toole for his contributions to this page!