From lemonade stand fundraisers to ideas that grow into global movements, young adults in various communities are discovering and owning their ability to take action that can change the world. Sometimes all it takes is a small idea to start something big. Creativity is in us all, starting at a young age. You have the talent and the imagination to think beyond what is known to be possible, and find unique solutions and ideas to solve the challenges we face.

Don’t believe us? Here are just a few success stories (out of the hundreds) from Changemakers to show you how it’s done!

Neeraja Mehta:

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Neeraja was a volunteer at Kutumba Foundation. She mentioned that when she went to meet the children for the first time, she noticed “how excited and eager they were to learn something new”. This feeling on their face led her to believe that she had to be a part of their journey. During her time at Kutumba Foundation, Neeraja shares how “the children have taught me so much about life that no number of books or years spent in the four walls of a classroom can”. Besides her experience, Neeraja was also extremely satisfied with what the Foundation’s aim was. The Kutumba Foundation does not only focus on academics but also helps children develop a well-rounded personality.

Priyanka Raval:

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Priyanka: Interested in social media? Then, Priyanka can give you all the information you want! Priyanka is extremely fond of Instagram, and this platform has helped her become a food blogger. This love of Instagram gave her the opportunity to volunteer her time by managing an Instagram account for Aftertaste India. Priyanka and Aftertaste India agreed on a social media plan, that would not only allow the company to grow, but also give Priyanka a chance to learn. Priyanka was connected to Aftertaste India by ConnectFor. She states, “My experience was great. I learned about the struggles that different NGOs face, their motivation and more importantly the hope they have in their work. This opportunity was indeed a perfect one for me.”

Arya Kadakia :

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Arya: Ever since Arya has been introduced to ConnectFor at her school, he has been extremely impressed by the work put forward. He first contacted them in July for volunteering opportunities, and as a result, chose to work with an organization called Artscape. He states, “As soon as I walked into the Artscape office, I was overwhelmed by a sense of warmth, excitement, and zeal to work for the common good that immersed me into the world of expressive arts therapy.” At Artscape, Arya co-facilitated sessions wrote impact assessment reports and created content for programs, a few of the many responsibilities that helped him further her interest in Psychology. Arya believes in positive collaboration, something that he saw at Artscape. He mentions, “The atmosphere of mutual collaboration amongst the entire team, the opportunities to express our own ideas, and the independence to do a lot of important work by ourselves, really helped build my confidence in working with a myriad of psychology-related tasks as well as made the experience so much more unique and memorable.” Arya is extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity by ConnectFor!

Ankit Kumawat:

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Ankit: After volunteering at an animal shelter in Thane, Ankit realized that he could be doing more with his time. He could be doing something more meaningful. He contacted ConnectFor, where he was matched based on his skills and interests. ConnectFor connected Ankit to “The Healing Dove”, an NGO that helps juvenile children in and around the Mumbai area in their rehabilitation by education, training, therapy, etc. Ankit helps out by creating content and business development. He states, “so far, I have been working with them to build their organizational profile, grants proposals, documents, etc.”

Tanvi Nambiar :

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Tanvi: Tanvi did her bit by volunteering as a storyteller, game simulator, and mentor. Tanvi was introduced to Toybank, an organization that believes children learn through play. She was connected to Toybank by ConnectFor, where her responsibilities included storytelling, simulating games to foster compassion and empathy and build on moral and social education. Currently, she attends play sessions. She states, “I enjoy being a child and I feel this offers a platform for implementing my pursuit of helping children being more resilient, empathetic and compassionate. Knowing the change one can bring about to lives on seeing the love and energy received while conducting these sessions acts as a direct motivation for me to actively participate.”

Even though all of these volunteers have completely different ideas of volunteering, they contributed to the community by making a positive impact. Making a contribution, at first sight, may not always be possible-it probably won’t. But, learning about those issues or roadblocks and just being informed will help in creating solutions that will have an impact on you. There are SO many ways one can make a difference in the community. Grab a friend, and/or a family member and do your part as the future generation!

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