Redefy

Redefy's goal is to empower students to boldly defy stereotypes, redefine perspectives positively, and create an active community.

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  • Technology

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  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

11/11/2001

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6092164044 11 Derwent Dr. Princeton NJ 08540 NJ: Princeton (08540)

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

Website: https://redefy.org/ Social Media URL’s: https://www.instagram.com/weredefy/ https://twitter.com/weredefy https://www.facebook.com/weredefy/

Date You Started Your Project Started

September/16/2013

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We live in a world that is riddled with stereotypes. If left unchecked, these internalized biases manifest into hatred and violence. While students face very different circumstances due to their race, gender, sexuality, ability, and more, they are expected to perform the same both in and out of school. Our goal is to help minimize that discrepancy by limiting the number of people who believe in stereotypes by educating people.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

At Redefy, we aim to combat stereotypes that plague our world through honest and open dialogue. Our website features student journalism--personal accounts of dealing with stereotypes and their impacts, and current social justice issues in general. We hope that by educating people about stereotypes we are providing them with the resources to limit the widespread nature of stereotypes. In addition to our online presence, we have club chapters all around the nation and world, from Redefy Princeton, NJ to Redefy Panama to Redefy Singapore. Our club chapters meet regularly to discuss our monthly resources. These resources brief a certain pertinent social issue and provide activities and discussion questions with the overarching goal of opening a dialogue on pressing societal problems and affording students a place to begin tackling them. Ultimately, we want to expand our organization so that our journalism features a wider breadth and diversity of lived experience, our chapters make grassroots change in more areas around the world, and our message reaches the minds of more young people everywhere.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Redefy was founded in 2013 by Ziad Ahmed and has since grown immensely. As a Muslim-American, Ziad faced discrimination on both a personal and a systematic level, and was thus inspired to get his friends together to make a difference in the world for the students that related to his story. We are really passionate about keeping our mission moving through campaigns and projects. The truth is that youth are too often left out of movements like these when it is arguably most important that young people are on both the giving and receiving end of our message. At our core, we are a by-youth, for-youth organization that recognizes the power of young, interpersonal, local-level change to generate new waves of social consciousness in this world.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Felipe heard about Redefy through a TedxTalk given by Ziad Ahmed. From this, he applied to become a Redefy Chapter Leader, and once he was accepted, Redefy helped him set up his very own branch of Redefy for the country of Panama. While using our resources to meet once a month with his established base of students, he also went on to plan national workshops and initiatives for youth of his country. He garnered national press, frequenting Panama news stations. Since Felipe has graduated, he has passed the Redefy Panama torch onto Vanessa, and the chapter is still creating change through advocacy and workshopping to this day.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Redefy is a movement. We believe that for change to happen on a broad level, we need to be activating young people who are doing grassroots work through education and empowerment. It is through scale that Redefy generates change: hundreds of young people, starting hundreds of discussions, activating hundreds of communities worldwide. Because young people get each other and understand this new generation of digital communication, this approach is effective--students learn skills in activist organizing while teaching the importance of dissolving stereotyping.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Redefy has over 200 members and around 20 chapters in 11 different countries. We've spearheaded several major campaigns and have collaborated with the likes of Facebook and Trident to carry out our initiatives, including hosting the 100-person #BurstYourBubble Conference with Eighteenx18. Our social medias have over 5k total following, and our website has over 250,000 hits.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We would like to launch a campaign to scale our organization further, especially growing locations of our international web of chapters, as well as spearhead a new campaign. Since our campaigns are based in our youth-driven base of members, expansion is crucial to the success of our initiatives. To do so, we need funding.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Donations less than $100

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • LGBTQ community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Ashoka page or contact

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 33.3%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 33.3%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

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Julia,
In reading about redefy I was pleased to see that this project is already impacting social change, kudos to everyone that is already involved in this! your focus for making a difference and working with others is truly something to be proud of

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