Teens Go Further

"Inspiring teens to make a difference."

Photo of NargizNicole Ashumova
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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth


Where are you located:

The project has started to make a difference in San Marcos (92078), and Oceanside (92052), California. And soon to be more.

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

Instagram : @teensgofurther Wix : https://teensgofurther.wixsite.com/teensgofurther

Date Started

April 15th, 2018.

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

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

Initially, we started this project being very fond of the idea of making a difference, then we finally realized how difficult it can be to make even a small impact on society. It’s not easy making a difference, so it takes a lot of effort to achieve what we target. Our teacher strongly inspired how much this could affect this in a way of volunteering, and it motivated us to be able to interact with many topic that deserve change. Since we ourselves are teens, we feel like our interests will connect more with kids our age and it will encourage them to volunteer more.

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

The problem that teens aren’t very involved in their community, and it loses its focus on keeping us all united. Kids want to live their childhood to the fullest, and even our kids these days worry that they aren’t having fun experiences anymore. We’re losing our opportunities to be kids and go out and do something. It creates an anti-social environment. We want to fix this problem, and get kids back into making a change while still having fun.

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

Strengthen community services. Holding events such as; Beach clean-ups, Help the homeless/homeless shelters, volunteer at animal shelters, volunteering for kids/adults in need. We haven’t tried this out just yet, and we want to start exactly that. Our problem should be solved in a way that most kids will connect, and be interested in helping out because of their similar interests.

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

The person gets opportunities to go out with us and volunteer at different facilities/organizations and they get to invest time and work into a cause that matters to them, they are also subscribed to our newsletter and will be notified updates. These updates will show our next events, and volunteering members will have a choice to join the event and help out.

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

We focus on volunteering and making volunteering fun by giving teens an opportunity to use their voice in what our community needs and what needs to be changed.

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

We’ve made a lot of mistakes, yet it grew our organization to be better than ever. At first, we started out as a normal school project we didn’t really want to be involved in, yet we launched our organization at Oceanside Harbor as a Beach Launch Party. From door to door, we announced to students what we were doing and they became extremely interested. Before the day of the event, we had to reschedule because of group members not being able to go. In total, a few people had came to the new date, but unfortunately, not many people- who said they would come- had arrived. What went wrong was that not many people were targeted and lots of people forgot, or it was inconvenient to go to the harbor. As for now, we are in the process of starting our events; Hopefully, our ideas will take us to more unique events that could get more people interested.

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

We want to create a program where we work in different high schools in San Diego and provide volunteering hours for teens who are interested in joining and making a difference.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

We need things like funding, school sponsorships, transportation, an easy-access space/room where we can have our meetings.

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

  • Friend support
  • Donations less than $100

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

To start, we’ve been connecting with our family members and friends as well, but we haven’t fully partnered with much organizations as of yet. We want to partner with other teen programs such as YMCA, Boys and Girls clubs, etcetera. As of the start of our organization, we have approached Ivey Ranch Camp to partner with their program. Their program helps give teens with disabilities free rides on horses, and we got to help make a model of a lever for the kids to play with. It works perfectly! On May 15th, we went to Ivey Ranch and installed our model, you will be able to see the progress we’ve made in Personal Journey. In the future, we want to partner with more organizations and spread the word to a larger audience.

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

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

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

  • Low-income community
  • LGBTQ community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)
  • Other

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

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

Our Humanities teacher, Mr. Matthew Haupert.

Evaluation results

6 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%! - 16.7%

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

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 16.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 16.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 16.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 66.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

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%

5. Connection

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 or No Connection - 0%


Join the conversation:

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun

I applaud you for the great concept you have for engaging youth in community service. Youth are future leaders and I believe youth should learn how to network and build partnerships with other organizations and this concept should be taught at an early age.

Photo of Leah Graves

I think its great that you guys recognize a need to mobilize the teens in your area and banding together to make it happen for the greater good of your community. Organizing your friends and classmates doing various volunteering activities through this project builds characters, compassion, and uplifts the community. Definitely partner with organizations in your area set dates and focus on that project for the month. Create a master calendar and have social media blast about the events so your volunteers are always in the loop about what opportunities are next. Write a business plan to assess what it cost to transport volunteers with no vehicles; marketing and branding cost for t-shirts, signs, and business cards; and funding for supplies for your different initiatives. I am excited to see a group of young ladies showcasing such strong leadership abilities. I am anxious to see what you do next!

Photo of Anna Steenbakkers

It's inspiring to see such young people getting involved in their communities. In my high school we had a program called Communities Sharing Love, that offered us multiple organizations we could join and volunteer at. Maybe you can partner with local schools to offer programs their students can volunteer at. Best of luck!

Photo of Brittany Corner

I always love to see young people try to help make the world a better place

Photo of Sophie Howery

It's really great seeing young students want to involve others. I would love to work with your organization in the future. My project Youth for Politics plans to offer a platform for young members of society to get involved by promoting internship and service learning opportunities. If you are interested in collaborating please feel free to DM us at @youthforpolitics on IG or by emailing youthforpoliticsnow@gmail.com. Glad to see people trying to involve thei communities!

Photo of Ezra Bram

Yes! I love seeing you guys problem solve in such simple yet effective ways! Offering a location for youth to collaborate and brainstorm is exactly what we are about at CATALYST COFFEE AND TAPHOUSE ! I think you guys are an inspiration and could really change your school, community, and beyond! I think a great way for you guys to supercharge your impact would be to provide some type of social media platform for youth to get involved. Threading Twine has you guys covered! If nothing else, they could drive more people to your website, or vice versa. Open Seat Ventures would also be a way for you guys to branch out in more ways! Keep up the awesome work! You guys are doing great.