3C Social Youth Entreprenuership Digital Academy

Inspiring Youth to Become Social Entrepreneurs to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • Education
  • Technology
  • Environment

Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

Jan6, 2016

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

Website: 3cyouth.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3Cforyouth/

Date You Started Your Project Started

This idea was conceived started in Sep2015.

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

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

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

The current business and social challenge we are trying to solve are as follows: 1. Kids don't have structured programs to become social entrepreneurs 2. The current volunteering programs are designed for adults and they are not enjoying 3. No programs are helping connect UN SDG Goals & Entreprenuership to solve lofty world issues 4. There is no education program available in the school system. 5. Youth lack the confidence to act

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

Our solution is to develop a scalable digital academy program for youth to prepare and plan their social impact business while impacting UN Sustainable Goals in a positive way. This will help us scale our impact to develop 1000 social youth entrepreneurs in the next 2 years.

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

I am so lucky to have a brother who is a social entrepreneur. I have watched him over the years and how he works really hard to serve the community. He has created so much impact that he is influencing people at the UN. He has motivated me to lead and take on projects to experience the joy of serving my community and make the world the better place. I have done many projects under his coaching and guidance. He has encouraged me to take action and complete the goal of developing 1000+ social youth entrepreneurs. We are 50% away from the goal. By developing digital academy< i believe I can help achieve the goals.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

I am stepping in to make the change because as a co-founder I was able to participate as a participant and had the power to create an impact in my community by serving them and solving problems. I believe have a digital academy will help lots of youth to learn the power of social entrepreneurship to serve their community and change the world by contributing to UN SDG goals.

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

Abina goes to 8th grade. She is creative and wants to help the community. The current situation during summer is she goes to some classes and wastes a lot of time. She is frustrated and lonely as her parents are busy with their work. Now, enter our Social Entreprenuership program. We invite the kids to apply for Acton Business Fair. She applies and starts to develop her products. She attends in-person classes to understand what it takes to have her social business for the business fair. She prepares her sales pitch, she invites people to come and on the day of the business fair, she sells out her product. She raised 2500 dollars. She donates over 20% of her revenues to support her non-profit that helps girls to be rescued from trafficking. She is so happy that her time, energy & money is spent on helping people. This is the impact we are creating through our work

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

The xfactor of our program is that we are creating social youth entrepreneurs who are changing the world. These entrepreneurs are creating products that are sustainable, innovative and helps our community. The program is complete. We offer education + 1-day business fair + ability for kids to donate to their non-profit to see how they $$ helps them + community who cheers for them. We have created helped over 500+ kids already. Our X factor is that we are producing social entrepreneurs who will change the world and we are creating access to education, tools, and community to make it possible.

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

3C Seattle Acton Business Fair is in operations for 3 years. We have served over 500+ youth, donated to 26 non-profits, impacted 5 UN Sustainable Development Goals and donated over $12K+ dollars to non-profit. We had over 25K people come to support them by buying products from youth in our community. The youth in our community say " We Dream, We Create and We Serve Our Community. We are the change-makers who are changing the world of today and tomorrow" -- Our program helps them make this experience possible.

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

We are ready to scale the social entreprenuership program. We have delivered the social entreprenuership program for youth in person and to accomplish a goal of 1000 social entrepreneurs to need to develop the digital academy. Currently, the challenges we face is finding a location to host education sessions and traffic is so bad that partners are not able to get youth come to their classes.

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

  • Marketing Strategy

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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100
  • Donations between $100-$1k

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

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Search engine
  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Chirag Vedullapalli, my brother who is part of the Ashoka asked me to apply for this competition

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. - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

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%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

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%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 33.3%

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

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 66.7%

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 or No Connection - 0%

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Terrific idea, Neal! A born innovator and leader.

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The program addresses 3 core areas...1) community and enterprise engagement 2) tech and creative entrepreneurship 3) youth leadership. Programs like this help activate several segments of an extended community in an inspiring, educational and celebratory way.

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Awesome job Neal!!!

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The idea of focusing on youth is a great thought,

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This is true change making idea. We need more kidpreneurs like Neal Vedullapalli . Totally deserved to be in the top 10.

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Amazing job! So impressed by what you have been able to accomplish.

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Wow, Neal Vedullapalli is such a talented youth, and an asset to the community. I can tell his passion for bettering today's youth will drive change for years to come. Keep it up!

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OMG. this is such a great idea. Entrepreneurship is the key to enabling economic growth and we need this mindset adopt by every kid on the planet.

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These kids are truly inspiring and amazing, they need to be in the top 10. I love the fact that they include ALL kids in their charity. This proves that our world will be amazing with kids like these.

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I love this idea so much! Entrepreneurship is key to innovation but is not taught in school. Keep up the good work!

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Thank you so much!

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Thank you so much!

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Highly suggest looking into the UN Youth Assembly for these aspiring young women!

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Uniting youth through the SDG's Is a key part of the well being that will continue to shape future generations and our world!

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We need more youth social entrepreneurs. Great idea!

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Congratulations on helping so many other young people self actualize as Changemakers! Thank you for helping us get to an everyone a Changemaker world!

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Like to read the impact and the story about Abina .