To inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to be creative and entrepreneurial and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.
We inspire, upskill and connect young people that are passionate about community-led social change.
The impact of the journey
A journey to creative social action
100 change drivers
A connected community supporting each other to succeed
Our team provides the participants with ongoing support in areas such as business planning and personal development, and partnerships provide pathways to further development opportunities. Being part of this connected community means that the ideas for social enterprises, campaigns and community projects developed by the group have the best chance of success.
We're in the process of gathering more impact data from the 2018 journey. We believe that we need to monitor the participant's progress over a 1-year period to see the real impact of the pilot project. However, our early feedback has been brilliant (check out some of our participant's happy tweets below!) and we have some initial stats back from the journey - keep reading!
We're keen to build on this initial data with additional information about what the participants go on to do in the next year as a result of taking part in the programme and joining the network. We continue to work closely with the group to support the development of them and their ideas. Our objective is to help each participant on an individual level and help them to map their own pathway. This means that success is defined by the group as each of them has their own way they want to create change. Roughly speaking, the mix of the group is one-third aspiring social entrepreneurs, one-third campaigners and issue champions and one-third social impact career starters.
Please check back soon for an update!
feel they will be a better leader as a direct result of taking part in Drivers for Change
feel their communication and storytelling skills improved because of the journey
agree or strongly agree that they will create a larger social impact because of Drivers for Change
agree or strongly agree to feeling more able to create lasting change
agree or strongly agree that their confidence in their leadership ability has grown because of Drivers for Change
feel that they are better equipped to become a purpose-driven leader
Stats taken from Akou Impact Report 2018.
The last 12 days have been eye opening! Participating in an incredible journey across the U.K. with @Change_Drivers & a group of other young changemakes from across the UK & beyond made it a transformative experience & was great to end at @UKHouseofLords for our pitch #DfCJourney pic.twitter.com/sFm1jIZrHZ
— Consolata (@consolata_jw) July 3, 2018
The morning after #DfcJourney, I can’t quite believe how 12 days can transform your professional & personal outlook on your own life & the world. Thanks aren’t enough for the wonderful people who’ve made it amazing, know this is just the start for the networks we’ve built 💪✨ pic.twitter.com/lMQv3qm1R3
— Jenny Raw (@RawJenny) July 3, 2018
I honestly cannot believe it’s over! @Change_Drivers has been an incredibly transformative experience for me and I’m now, more than ever, determined to make the #change I want to see in the world! I’ve also made friends for life - which is a little bonus. #WatchThisSpace pic.twitter.com/wvjNojRelZ
— Tom McEachan (@TomMcEachan) July 2, 2018
theory of change
Our theory of change explains how the journey provides skills, inspiration and networks.
We'll be measuring our impact along the way and once the journey is over we'll continue to measure our impact over a period of a year. This will give us a true understanding of what the lasting impact of the journey is on specific UK communities and the individuals that took part.