Local Changemakers Represent the Twin Cities at Ashoka’s Youth Venture Summit!

Youth and staff from local Youth Social Entrepreneurship programs jetted off to Washington D.C. on July 26th for a four day-day adventure packed with life-changing workshops, activities, and new perspectives at Ashoka’s 2012 Youth Venture Summit!

This annual gathering of the Youth Venture community brings together over 100 Youth Venturers and youth leaders from around the world interested in creating change through entrepreneurship, as well as the adult allies and professionals who support young changemakers.

Representatives from the Twin Cities included: Cookie Cart, Community Design Center of Minnesota, Cycles for Change, and Dream of Wild Health.

Check out some of their experiences!

Cookie Cart

“Our youth employees, Jaricka & Ying, are having a blast at Ashoka’s Youth Venture Summit! Here they are, ready for a day filled with skill-building and Venture-strengthening workshops.”

Jaricka, Ying, and Program Director
Taronda Richardson

Dream of Wild Health

“We’re proud to have two Garden Warriors attending Ashoka’s Youth Venture Summit in Washington DC this week! Dream of Wild Health helps youth build their own dreams, and they take off!”

Cycles for Change

Our amazing apprentice Eugene had the opportunity on Saturday morning at the Youth Venture Summit to introduce a world changemaker Anshu Gupta. He reminded us to always consider the dignity of those we work with.

Youth Venture Summit take-away: We need to change the old model of service, which is focused on the redemption of the giver, and work for the empowerment of everyone.

Cycles for Change Youth Interns and
Youth Coordinator Micah Thompson

Cycles for Change and Community Design Center youth

Community Design Center of Minnesota:

Day 1

“Today was an awesome day! We took the subway and bus for the first time, met many new people from all around the USA, and participated in many team building activities. Our favorite activity was called “if you really knew me…”, where we shared meaningful information about ourselves with complete strangers. Enjoy our pictures from the first day!”

Youth interns Pa Thao and Theng Yeng Xiong and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator Hanna Mosca

Spending time with the awesome Youth Interns from Cycles for Change!









One of the many group activities/workshops – playing “Catapillar”

Water balloon fight!









Day 2

Today both Pa and Theng Yeng attended three workshops each! Their favorite was “The Lean Startup”. They learned so much and reflected on their many ideas and goals for the Community Design Center of Minnesota. They are so excited to come back and share all of the knowledge and ideas that they have gained.

Sightseeing time! Pa, Theng Yeng and Hanna in front of the water at the WWII Memorial.

Day 3

“We have participated in another full day of speakers, workshops and a social venture pitch competition! Pa and Theng Yeng learned effective strategies for giving a powerful business pitch and were very inspired by how far some youth have taken their ventures. We are sad that the conference is quickly coming to an end!”

In front of their dorm at George Washington University’s Mount Vernon campus

Day 4

“Minnesota family! It was wonderful to get to represent Youth Social Entrepreneurship (Y.S.E.) at Ashoka’s Youth Venture Summit in D.C. with Dream of Wild Health, Cycles for Change, Cookie Cart, Youth Express, Pillsbury United Communities, and The A-List. It was so fun to get to know others doing amazing work in our communities! A huge thanks again to the Sundance Family Foundation for making this trip possible!”

Group shot!

Being silly!

Stay tuned for more Summit reflections and pictures at: