Ashoka’s Youth Venture is an international community of young changemakers. Our community aims to help an entire generation of young people take initiative to improve their communities now and throughout their lives. Youth Venture inspires and supports teams of young people to launch and lead their own “Ventures” - community-benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations and businesses. Teams access workshops, adult allies (non-controlling adult team advisors), a global network of like-minded young changemakers, and fundraising tools to establish their own Ventures that solve problems around them.

Our teams have created AIDS education campaigns, composting cafeterias, T-shirt companies, skate parks, disaster relief groups, book clubs, tutoring programs, and more.

Youth Venture believes that the greatest contribution we can make to the world is to increase dramatically the number of changemakers today and in every future generation. This is the key factor for success for every part of society, from a school to a company to an entire country.

Youth Venture operates in 23 countries and online at Join the global community of changemakers with over 6,000 Venture Teams worldwide!

Nancy Welsh

Executive Director

Nancy Welsh is an industry leader with corporate marketing and advertising experience with both Coca-Cola USA and The Kellogg Company. Nancy is a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka and the President of Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, an international network of powerful young changemakers. Nancy holds the country’s first US Process Patent in green construction for her method of building green communities, wholly comprised of rescued, relocated homes.

Tia Johnston Brown

Program Director

Mentor Dida

Program Coordinator

Mohsin Mohi-ud-din

Director of Storytelling

Jana Seidlova

Director of Finance

Vipin Thek

Change Manager