who we are
who we are
Global Changemakers is an international youth organisation and global pioneer in supporting youth-led sustainable development.
Our mission is to support youth to create positive change towards more inclusive, fair and sustainable communities. We do this by providing skills development, capacity building, mentoring and grants.
Young people are the key to success for the Sustainable Development Goals, yet donor funding rarely goes to young people and youth-led projects. Even when funding may be available, support and resources to develop the skills and capacity of these young leaders are often missing. Global Changemakers works to fill this gap - and the results are astounding.
To date, we have trained thousands of young people in over 180 countries through both online and in-person training. We have also provided grants to over 396 youth-led projects which have had a combined impact on over 8,3 million people.
what we do
what we do
Through skills development, capacity building, mentoring and grants, we support young leaders addressing the world’s most pressing challenges in 180 countries.
access to grant funding
exposure and opportunities
creating international networks
We offer regular online training sessions, free downloadable online resources, a 12-week virtual Mentorship Programme for budding young changemakers, and an online school. We also regularly publish inspirational content on our podcast and blog. Through ‘Changemakers School’ we train young people in the skills they need to create and run projects to address problems experienced in their communities. We then provide grant funding for them to execute their projects.
We also conduct training events online and in person through our GCMx programme and youth summits. We have organised two Virtual Youth Summits, eleven fully funded Global Youth Summits and four Regional Summits in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, as well as many other skill-building events across the world.
The young people we serve are involved in every aspect of the work that we do - from the volunteers who run the organisation, to programme and strategy development – in order to ensure that we provide the most relevant support with our extremely limited resources.
Projects that have come out of our programme and which have received grant funding have scaled to full fledged organisations that are still in operation, years later.
Global Changemakers was created in 2007 by the British Council with the aim of empowering youth to catalyse change. It has grown into a network of 1240 young people from 180 countries supporting each other and their efforts to make an impact.
We became an independent organisation in 2013 and, to date, have funded over 396 youth-led projects on six continents, benefiting over 8,3 million others. These projects have also reached over 920 million people via the media and 17,5 million people online.
youth trained in
8,3+ million people
reaching 17,5+ million
reaching 920+ million
people though the media
Our changemakers have gone on to gain recognition for their work from some of the most esteemed publications and international bodies in the world, have represented youth and spoken at high-level meetings such as the United Nations, European Parliament and the World Economic Forum and are leaders in all sectors.
meet the team
Meet The Team
Sold on the incredible power and potential of young people, our team is passionate, dedicated and relentless.
Spanning four continents and five time zones, we work tirelessly to empower youth and create change across the world.
Global Changemakers is one of the largest youth organisations world-wide, yet with the lowest comparable overhead.
Your donation helps us to support youth-led development across the world which, to date, has benefited over 8,3 million people.