To get started, ask yourself, what changes would you like to see in your community–or the larger world?
- Are there people in need of food, shelter, friendship, or opportunities?
- Are you passionate about specific a social or environmental issue?
- Is there a lack of opportunity for young people in your community?
- Do you have a skill that you’d like to share or offer to people?
Next, find some like-minded friends or relatives to help you out. Have a meeting to brainstorm some ideas for how you can achieve your goals. Build your resources by raising money or recruiting more volunteers. Then, go out and do it!
Talk to the experts
There are lots of resources out there. Youth Venture is one of the best–they help young social entrepreneurs with $1,000 grants and other assistance to get projects going. Their mission is “to change fundamentally the role of young people in society, such that society values youth as powerful agents for social change.” Now that’s a worthy goal!
Why be a social entrepreneur?
Besides the impact you will have on the world, following an idea through to completion in the real world and leading a team will give you a sense of empowerment. It might take you outside your comfort zone in ways that will help you learn about yourself and grow as a person. And, it will help your resume or college application stand out from the pack.