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Youth Changemaker Day at KISS

Bhubaneswar,30.06.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)-Kalinga Institue of Social Sciences (KISS) launched Odisha’s first ever Youth Changemaker Day in association with Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Bangalore on June 27, 2016. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KISS & KIIT in the presence of Mr. Yashveer Singh, Director, Youth Venture South Asia, Ashoka Innovators for the Public and Mr. Shashikumar Velath, Leadership Group Member, South Asia. The Youth Changemaker Day aims to initiate an ecosystem building process in Bhubaneswar, Odisha that values and supports young people to be change makers and to advance towards a world, where every young person can apply the skills of empathy, new leadership, teamwork and creativity to solve complex social problems.

Inaugurating the event, Dr. Samanta said, “It is a praiseworthy initiative to introduce the concept of changemaking and social innovation amongst the youth, drive home social innovation and entrepreneurship and a place to mutually learn about effective solutions to the most pressing social problems. We will be working with other educational institutes, schools, universities, government and other stakeholders to start and spread this movement.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh informed that through the Youth Venture program, Ashoka aims to celebrate the “new” role that young people are playing towards building an “Everyone a Changemaker” world and plans to support them in their growth to have larger impact. KISS is engaged in a massive nation building task of providing a free and enabling access to high quality education and imparting transformative leadership skills to children from Indian indigenous communities, said Mr. Velath, adding that this mission of KISS led by Dr. Samanta will leave an indelible legacy in the making of a new, inclusive resurgent India.

Inaugural session was followed by interactive sessions with students by delegates from Ashoka. Eminent speakers and KISS key faculty members interacted with the students about how every individuals are capable of making changes in society. More than 5000 students from KISS participated in the event. The students participated enthusiastically in the discussions.

KISS & Ashoka, with the help of the Youth Changemaker Day, aim to trigger ideas in young people which can lead to social enterprises and inspire passionate students and young people by providing a learning platform through specific intervention programmes, at the same time inviting social entrepreneurs who will share their real life experiences and challenges in social enterprises. The larger objective is to set up a Centre of Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship at KISS for young students and youth of Odisha.  It is an open forum for sharing ideas and experiences in the development sector and also help the youth to learn, execute and materialize their ideas for changing the world.

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