Who we are, and why we think this is vital.
Can youth come out of 2020 stronger?
It’s been a hard year for young people. Lost internships and jobs, take-home graduation ceremonies, and social disconnect weigh on your shoulders.
At the same time, our home is on fire. The climate crisis isn’t going anywhere, and the painful reality of social injustice has risen to the forefront of our minds.
All of this forced us to ask the question: can young people come out of this scary moment stronger? We think the answer is a resounding yes.
We thought we needed to create something that is fewer and farther between for young people these days:
How do we turn this year into an opportunity?
Our answer is simple: empowerment. We want young people to seize this moment and take a real chance on a better world. We know that’s hard, and maybe even daunting, but that’s why we’re here.
We want to support your social and/or environmental impact projects. We’re doing that by setting up a competition for young people - and rewarding the best ideas with funding and support. We want young changemakers to have the money, guidance, and networks necessary to bring their thing to life.
So who are “we”?
The Youth Impact challenge is run by a small coalition of venture funds and companies who know that supporting the right ideas is how we build a better future.
Leaders from the coalition organizations will be judging the proposals.
We have access to leaders from both the business world and non profit sector.
Bhoomika Saxena () and Henry Richardson () are our two amazing coordinators.