JA-YE alumni changed 134.362 lives!
A little over a year ago www.changing-lives.eu went live. This signalled the official start of the first alumni driven global initiative known as Changing Lives, a campaign meant to encourage JA-YE alumni to reach out to schools sharing their own personal stories.
Today the timer is ticking up signaling that the one year campaign has come to an end.
The idea for a joint alumni initiative was first hatched at the 2011 alumni conference in Munich. “The idea was for us to do what we do best, namely, share our story and inspire others to become achievers, we just wanted to do it together and to quantify this for the world to see” - Louise Edwards, campaign initiator and Co-Campaign Manager.
Changing Lives goes global
In early 2012 the campaign went global as a Youth in Action grant supported the expansion of the outreach initiative. China, South Korea, Brazil and Kenya joined resulting in a connection forming between alumni from four different world parts with individual alumni achieving together.
“The Changing Lives Campaign gave a unique platform to JA-YE alumni from all around the world to support what they believe in. Young people organized themselves, trained and motivated each other across borders to achieve what we celebrate tonight. I believe, the success of this campaign will send a very strong message about the importance and impact that entrepreneurship education can have in the world.”, Preslav Mitranov, Project Manager JA-YE Europe.
We did it!
At 20.00 PM on August 24th the Changing Lives countdown reached the magical 00.00.00. It is therefore with the utmost pleasure that we acknowledge that the 100.000 target was not just accomplished but dwarfed with over 130.000 students reached worldwide.
In the process of this campaign year the initiative supported the strengthening of the alumni networks involved
The road ahead
Now we look to the future. The initiative will be adapted, however, one thing is certain; active alumni will continue to inspire and the current momentum will not go unused.
But for now we celebrate!
Greeting the Changing Lives team
Elena, Preslav, Siret & Louise