Young people across Central and Eastern Europe are facing limited access to opportunities for social and economic development.
The world has entered a period of significant and unpredictable changes, including conflict, health crises (such as the ongoing pandemic), energy scarcity, and economic instability.
Eastern and Central Europe is not immune to global trends and changes that have brought about both opportunity and uncertainty, particularly for youth. Now they have to adapt to political, economic, and technological shifts, as well as navigate the complexities of intensified competition due to globalization and higher requirements for education.
While these changes have brought new possibilities, they have also underscored the importance of adaptability and innovation for young people in the region to thrive and contribute to their societies.
There is a new generation of impact leaders paving the way for a more just and sustainable future.
These leaders are characterized by their courage, creativity, and a strong commitment to addressing the pressing issues of our time. They recognize the urgent need for innovative solutions and are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities and beyond. They are pioneering change across various sectors, such as education, healthcare, environment, and social justice, while their approaches often leverage technology, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement to address complex challenges.
However, despite their dedication and innovative spirit, these leaders still face significant obstacles in their journey. One of them is the lack of necessary support which includes funding, mentorship, and access to networks. These resources are essential for them to scale up their initiatives, expand their reach, and achieve sustainable impact.
Future Forward is here to empower the next generation of impact leaders in Central and Eastern Europe.
Within the project, two international organizations Social Impact Award and Reach for Change will join forces in providing capacity building and scaling support to impact entrepreneurs across Central and Eastern Europe, while at the same time mainstreaming the topic amongst young people,
The main focus of the project will be the scaling readiness program focused on providing support for social entrepreneurs at an early growth stage and high ambition to scale. It is aiming to enable them to identify a viable model to scale their impact, and to develop a plan for a scaling pilot.
The Scaling Readiness program implemented under this project is specifically targeting existing social innovations that support youth needs in the context of green and digital transition.
The Scaling Readiness Program implemented under this initiative will capacity develop 10 social entrepreneurs working across Central and Eastern Europe countries to scale their innovations focused on ensuring a more just and sustainable twin transition (green/digital) with special focus on empowering youth in these processes.
Reach for Change will host two 5-day long workshops for SEs aimed at supporting group-based learning and mindset shifts. One workshop will take place at the start of the support programme in February 2024 and the other in December 2024.
Throughout the SRP, the 10 SEs will receive regular 1:1 coaching from Reach for Change staff and external business/thematic coaches. This coaching will align with Reach for Change’s Development Tracker milestones and will culminate in the delivery of individualised scaling strategies. Where relevant, partners will connect individual SEs to relevant stakeholders in their network that could support further development.
At regular intervals, SEs will be invited to join online workshops on differing themes. Sessions will be peer exchange-based or Q&As involving external experts speaking on a particular topic (e.g. access to financing, cross-sector collaborations). Eight online sessions will be held in the period from May 2024 to August 2025.
Reach for Change will convene a pitch day featuring the cohort and a wide range of external funders and strategic stakeholders, who are in a position to support the SEs with funding and other opportunities post-project. Invitees will include venture capitalists, philanthropic foundations, EC representatives, and others within Reach For Change and Social Impact Awards networks. The pitch “day” will be a 2.5-hour long online webinar with interactive elements.
Terms & conditions
The document offers all the relevant information about the criteria for the applicants, the selection process and the schedule of the project.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission. The implementing partners are Reach for Change and Social Impact Award.