Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge IMPACT ASEAN: our successes and ways forward

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27 March 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Today, there is 213 million youth in ASEAN countries, the largest ever cohort of ASEAN youth. To support young innovators in this region to scale-up their efforts in approaching social and environmental issues through leveraging volunteerism, Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge was held under the theme “IMPACT ASEAN” in 2017. This was a unique event where regional organizations, a private sector actor, and international organizations not only interacted with the youth during the events but also after through mentorships and follow-up meetings.

Participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, discussing at the YVIC regional workshop.
Participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, discussing at the YVIC regional workshop in Thailand.
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The winners!

Out of 220 applications, three winnings teams strengthened their business models and expanded their activities through receiving mentorships and a small grant. Read more about how they made significant moves forward in the three-month mentorship with volunteers from SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software.

 

What is YVIC?

The Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC), under the theme “Impact ASEAN,” was designed to support young volunteers throughout the ASEAN region in their journey to catalyze youth-led innovation for social impact and sustainable development. From ASEAN countries, teams with members aged between 18-30 and are residing in their own home country proposed their innovative projects in one of the following areas: leveraging volunteering for the localization of the SDGs; Sustainable behavior; and developing skills for life and work. National workshops were held in Myanmar and Indonesia, and a regional workshop was held in Thailand to cover all ten ASEAN countries. Find out more about the scope and process of YVIC and criteria for the teams.

 

What people thought about YVIC

Comments from youth participants

“The lessons learned during the workshop were really insightful, especially on how to build and evaluate project in a more structured way. I learned a lot about volunteerism and how it can impact different areas for progress and development. I enjoyed how our mentor helped us integrate volunteering in our social enterprise.”

“I love how this event gathered youth organizations which are in various kind of stage. I had a chance to learn from those who already in the next level yet I also able to articulate my suggestions as well.

Comments from partners

 

Teams who joined the regional workshop

Ten teams from ASEAN countries gathered in Bangkok to refine and pitch their ideas to scale up their projects. Click the logos to see the latest updates from each team, and see the young women and men working to make positive changes in their communities.

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