Bassant and her team called on sign language professionals to deliver training to mental health workers so that they are able to help people with hearing impairments. Virtual workshops on a variety of topics ranging from identity, to domestic violence, bullying and depression and anxiety, are routinely delivered to the public or anyone who seeks more knowledge. Since its inception, Modawah has conducted over 70 workshops and provided direct, mental health support to over 120 young people. It has expanded to Jordan through a partnership with a local organization with the aim of delivering joint workshops to young people from the country.
When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, Mukshadur moved back to his hometown in Bangladesh to stay with his family while continuing to attend his college classes remotely. Upon his return, he realized that young children in his community were deprived of the ability to continue their education remotely because of lack of access to the internet. He worried that because they’ve been isolated due to quarantine restrictions, the children would not only struggle academically, but that their mental health would also suffer.
“You are a girl, not a boy. You can’t travel alone.” “Sorry, you are a fresh graduate who doesn't have enough practical experience, so we can’t consider you for this entry level job.” “Unfortunately, we don’t provide any workshops or training in your city.” These are all sentences that were repeated endlessly to Arwa, a young woman from Upper Egypt, when she was looking to begin a career after graduating from college.
Marwah began her changemaking journey volunteering at an event serving children with disabilities. She recalls finding joy being among children and feeling inspired by their tenacity and their commitment to work towards their dreams despite belonging to a vulnerable group. Her volunteer experience sparked a passion for working with young children - a passion that guided her career choices moving forward. At her position as a manager in her university’s Future Leaders chapter, in Malang, Indonesia, she grew to love project management and design thinking and focused those skills to designing projects to respond to the pressing need to provide quality education to children in rural areas.
Nina and her teammates are medical students at New York University, studying to become doctors. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York City and residents were forced to isolate themselves, she and her peers worried about healthcare professionals and ordinary people across the city who struggled to access accurate and timely information about the virus and how to stay safe. Through Peace First's COVID-19 Rapid Response grant program, Nina and her team received a $250 grant to cover costs to develop and maintain the NYCOVID Connect website and resources for the broader New York community.
Ramni remembers having panic attacks before her exams. Even as a little girl, she recalls overwhelming bouts of anxiety and stress due to the pressures of life and school. This inspired her to pursue a career in science to better understand how stress and anxiety can impact people and learn about ways to address it. The more Ramni learned about stress, anxiety and panic attacks, the more she realized her experiences as a young person were not unique. She realized that many young people, especially those in her community shared the same struggles.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Grace worried about the significant numbers of young people,specifically those in high school and college, who have had summer experiential opportunities, that are critical to being fully ready to be problem solvers in the working world,disrupted. Young people are fully immersed in the problems relevant to their communities brought on by COVID-19, but are not engaged as meaningful participants in addressing those challenges because of their age.
Duke faced a lot of challenges growing up, with an absent father leaving Duke’s mother behind as the main breadwinner. His mother provided for the family by selling groceries in the market while Duke’s grandmother attended to him and his sister. His grandmother was often sick, causing Duke to miss school at least twice a week. Despite the challenges, Duke managed to get into university to study finance and banking. It was there that he met Brian, a friend who introduced him to the ideas of active citizenship and changemaking. Duke began to think about how he can apply what he learned to help his community, but it wasn’t until he witnessed a harrowing incident that he decided to become a changemaker.
Babatunde decided to introduce a mobile eye care service - first of its kind to the Ishor community. This service would make eye care affordable to the marginalized members of the community. He would also use this service to educate and spread awareness on how to prevent eye diseases. The service, being mobile, also meant that these members did not have to worry about how they would get to clinics where eye care services would be available to them. Instead, the eye care service would be brought to them.
The experiences of incarceration alone are not the only punishment people recieve. For too many, no matter the offense they committed, employment opportunities are extremely limited or nonexistent. This is especially true for women in Egypt coming out of incarceration, something Hana couldn’t help but notice. Seeing the stigma these women were facing motivated Hana to learn more about the experiences of these women and better understand the situation they were being released to. For Hana, these women were victims of an injustice that was compounding on itself; their inability to find proper employment was forcing them into more and more dangerous situations.