What is this initiative about?
Much has been said that the future of our world lies within the youth. At present, majorityof the young people, especially those aged between 16 and 24, are connected to the Inter-
net. And with the advent of mobile Internet, Asia’s youth has been more connected now
more than ever.Studies show that the Asian youth spend at least 10 hours a day online. Because of this,people often say the youth now have less time for face-to-face interaction and, thus, haveless time in taking initiatives to help their own communities.
Taking advantage of the strengths of social media and the youth’s connectivity,
initiative aims inspire and challenge other young people in Asia andaround the world to learn more about the significance of being involved with socially-relevant activities and issues and become changemakers in their own communities.
Why ‘When I Was 20’?
Reaching 20 years is a very important milestone in a person’s life. What someone does/did
when they become/were 20 years old will have/has a great impact on their ability to fulfiltheir dreams. The conveners of the
campaign realized that successful and in-spiring people started their activism (i.e. his/her road to success) from a young age. Mosthave become or have started to become a changemaker when they were 20 years old.
What are the activities in this initiative?
campaign initiates a conversation between inspirational leaders/heroes andyoung people who want to make a difference. The idea is to push these young minds tocontribute to their communities and to give them a platform to talk about their issuesthrough a comprehensive online portal and the
seminar seriesA website will be developed and will serve as an online repository of profiles, videos, andblogs. The website shall primarily feature inspirational leaders and heroes from around theworld when they were 20 years old, highlighting the dreams they had when you were 20years old, the things they have achieved, and how their youth activism aided them toreaching their dreams. An online survey will be conducted starting November 2011 and thefirst set of
heroes will be published by February 2012.
WHEN I WAS 20
Inspiring and Challenging Young People to be Changemakers Now