Bradley co-founded WSV as a sustainable approach to international development. With the support of Enactus and the University of Southampton, WSV has developed three main business models that have enabled people with low economic prospects to generate income, whilst providing a service that benefits the community.
SDG 10 - Reduce Inequalities
Devika co-founded Wheeling Happiness to promote inclusion and to advocate for better access to opportunities for people living with physical and mental disabilities. Wheeling Happiness has impacted more than 10,000 people through advocacy work, sports inclusion programmes and providing accessibility aids.
Dynka founded the No Hate Speech initiative to combat hate speech against refugees and immigrants in Portugal. In the last year, he has held five workshops for 15 people teaching them about how to combat hate speech online and in person. He has appeared on a public radio station and has distributed flyers to young people’s organisations in Portugal. He and his team member received training from the EU costing €100 a day for two days and have given up their time voluntarily for the sessions.
Migan co-founded TeachSurfing in 2014. TeachSurfing connects and supports people who want to share their expertise and culture with schools and non-profit organisations in their home and travel destinations. Organically, the project has reached 95 countries, however, they only have in-depth information from four. They received $5,000 from Amazon Web Services and one full-time volunteer for one year to develop their website. In Armenia, Serbia, Germany and Romania, they have held ten TeachSurfing events with 530 participants.
ALLY Youth Service, of Boulder Colorado, USA was founded by Chris Senesi in 2012 to help rehabilitate and reintegrate young homeless people into society. Through ALLY’s outreach schemes homeless youths are found either on the street on in jail. They are offered support in three main areas; health (emotional, physical, and mental); legal (documents and occasionally crime); and educational (skills, qualifications, and career).
Keren founded BlueFire two and a half years ago, who hold an intercultural festival every year, specifically for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds in Dublin. Around 7,500 people attend their festival every year. They also have hundreds of volunteers, but they all work different hours and there is no way to calculate an accurate average.
Arch founded the online platform Socialgiver in 2014. Socialgiver offers hand-picked experiences, such as hotel stays, restaurants and activities, from leading brands in Thailand at exclusive rates. The ‘spare service capacity’ of businesses is of little or no value to any party, but enables businesses to give back in a meaningful way while engaging new customers, building brand loyalty and reducing marketing costs.
Sophie Maxwell founded the Really NEET College in March 2011, for young people aged 16-24, who had dropped out of the traditional school system, to offer them a learning environment that suits them. She herself had successfully beaten her previous NEET status and overcome homelessness aged 17. She went on to study at Norton College and then Sheffield Hallam to graduate in Leisure Events Management in 2009.
Sasaeinia Paul started Salvage Africa five years ago. The goal of the project is to redefine standards in Africa through leadership and overcome corruption. This is achieved by encouraging quarterly focus groups and discussion sessions with Senior business, civil society officials, MPs, Law University students or professor and Africans in diaspora to discuss the state of corruption in Africa and what might be done to overcome it. To date 1700 students have attended these events. The young Africans who attend go back home and mentor young Africans in their respective countries.
Melissa Bryant is an active individual in the Political community in St. Kitts and Nevis where she has held such prominent roles as Youth Ambassador to UNESCO, and a position at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Melissa has recently been vocally advocating on behalf of the LGBT community in St. Kitts & Nevis, where being gay is illegal. Melissa has used her radio show to educate large audiences about LGBT rights. Melissa’s weekly show, Voices in St Kitts & Nevis, has 35,000 listeners and regularly featured LGBT speakers.