The IOC Youth Summit brought together 39 of the 42 Young Change-Makers+ who have been provided with seed funding (CHF 5000) in 2018 to establish social projects using sport to impact their local communities in the year ahead. Some 70 projects have been established that has impacted 25,000 participants since it was introduced in 2016. The group met over three days hosted by TOP Partner Panasonic, the programme sponsor, in Tokyo to learn from each other and share ideas on their programmes.
During the summit, they received mentorship and took part in workshops on moving from a charity to a social business from Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, who himself has built his career on social entrepreneurship. In his address to the YCMs he said “You are mobilising people around the world with one single thing, sport. You are messengers for change, actors for change, you bring changes to your communities, to society and to the whole world.”
YCM Rania Rahardja from Singapore said, “We have a voice now within the Olympic Movement that is getting louder and louder. This is a Movement that needs to stay relevant and this is how we can help. Our meeting with the President is to discuss the issues that matter to us and having this diversity of young voices heard.”
During the three-day summit, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG) also took the opportunity to gather ideas of the YCM to help them frame their own youth engagement programmes.
Since the programme was established at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010 a network of 280 Young Change Makers has been established around the world spreading the values of Olymism.
For the second year running, the IOC is delighted to welcome the support of TOP Partner Panasonic, which has made it possible to expand the YCM+ programme with its generosity.