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Past Cohorts & Participants

Changemaker Voices

Accelerator alumni Earth and Me Zin share about their accelerator experience, the challenges changemakers face, how their projects and approaches to social impact have evolved, and their hopes for continuing to further social change in their communities while growing as leaders.


Cohort 4: 2022

Mind Project (Thailand)

Team Members: Rattanawadee Muangdee, Suphanut Hansakulbuntherng

Created a journal to promote mindfulness and mental health awareness among university students and corporate groups.


We Are One (Myanmar)

Team Members: Ye Myat Thu, Thuta Zin, Htoo Nandar

A group of dedicated young professionals from different backgrounds and ethnicities with the goal of reducing discrimination, promoting diversity, renewing ways to explore traditions and cultural elements, and creating a love of multiple cultural and ethnic groups across Myanmar.


One of Us / Youthniverse (Myanmar)

Team Members: Anjali Neupanae

A platform aimed at uplifting the mental spirit of Burmese youths who are struggling with careers, relationships, and life in general. Youthniverse shares personal stories which are intended to encourage others. Their main mission to let everyone know that “you are not alone” and “we are, and will always be here for you.”


Sone See Yar (Myanmar)

Team Members: Chan Pyae Kyaw, Su Yee Yamin Ko, Zuzan Win

Sone See Yar is an online educational platform supporting both educators and learners. Sone See Yar believes that education should be easily accessible. They support educators in creating online courses, allowing them to earn additional income, and offer highly relevant courses to today’s learners.


GZ Youth/Hope of Spring Tree (Myanmar)

Team Members: Min Thant Hein, Nang Ohn Kyi, Doi Aung, Thazin Win, SawAgape MyintSwe

Provides knowledge-sharing experiences that help young people in Myanmar pursue educational opportunities. They share information about scholarship programs, entrance exams, and job opportunities. They also offer English classes to help young people to access these opportunities.


Cohort 3: Spring 2021

Treasure (Myanmar)

Team Members: Aye Sandar, Kaung Htet, Myat Hmoo Sithu, Nan Ei Ei Khin

TREASURE is a youth empowerment program focused on developing the soft skills and employability of Myanmar’s youth to better prepare them for the workplace or to continue their study.


Team Rangoon (Myanmar)

Team Members: Phoo Pwint Mar Lar Thein, Myint Mo Thant Thant Zeya Tun

Team Rangoon’s Mental Health Education Project provides a safe space for Myanmar youths to have meaningful conversations and connect with professionals through peer-to-peer support, counseling sessions, and workshops. They aim to support Myanmar’s young people in evaluating mental barriers and hardships in various communities and backgrounds, gain emotional understanding, and demonstrate new knowledge based on social psychology for mental well-being.


BEAM Bee (Thailand)

Team Members: Barlo, May Myat Noe, Nay Lin, Sandi Shwe

BEAM BEE is a subset of BEAM Education Foundation focused on inspiring migrant youths to develop skills in problem-solving, leadership, communication, project design, and to facilitate community building in a peaceful environment for young people.

How to Connect: Website | Facebook


Cohort 2: Summer 2020

Ed, Edd, and Edu (Thailand)

Team Members: Kittichote Kamalapirat, Thanasait Kraikulsait, Patchara Lertmanatchai

Ed, Edd, and Edu is focused on reducing the education quality gap in Thailand by sharing learning resources with educators in rural communities and other communities in need of more support.


Echo Myanmar (Myanmar)

Team Members: Shwe Yee Oo, Phyo Myat Mon, Ei Zin Mon

Echo Myanmar aims to combat the high youth unemployment rate in Myanmar by nurturing university students and providing training in 21st-century skills & career coaching.


Team Mandalay (Myanmar)

Team Members: Seinn Mar Lar, Shine Wai Htun, Lwin Lwin Htay

Team Mandalay is a social enterprise that aims to help youth connect with their cultural and natural environments by integrating experiential tour programs into classroom lessons.


Team Atlanta (USA)

Team Members: Sharon Turner, Lucy LaVoulle

Team Atlanta provides programming to support incarcerated and at-risk youth in the Atlanta, Georgia region.


Cohort 1: Spring 2020

Nexplore (Thailand)

Team Members: Weerawat Mongkolchoste (Earth), Chalisa Kaewla (Chali), Pornpan Tangmunchittham (Bow)

Nexplore is a social enterprise offering programs that help people understand more about social issues and inspire them to become changemakers, starting by doing simple things in their community.

How to Connect: Facebook

“To be a part of the accelerator, I love how we gathered and shared passion and experience from each person. Those storytellings inspired and provoked me to think of how far I’ve been through on this journey and how I’m going to grow up.” – Weerawat Mongkolchoste (Earth), Founder


LANN (Myanmar)

Team Members: Su Han Moh Aung, Me Zin Anawar, Hay Mar

LANN is a peer resource center where people can learn, inspire each other, and access quality and critical education for everyone in Myanmar, because education plays a key role in shaping a better future.

How to Connect: Facebook

“The Social Impact Accelerator Program changed us a lot. The best thing we learned is how to be a change maker who could implement projects effectively and efficiently.” – LANN Founders

 


EduCatalyst (Philippines)

Team Members: Hannah To, Sergius Angelo Santos, Paoloregel Samote

Educatalyst creates opportunities for Filipino junior high school students to have global learning experiences that help them develop 21st-century skills such as global awareness, cultural competence, and social responsibility. They will do this through experiential learning programs, such as a 10-day immersive trip to nearby Japan.

“VIA taught me a lot about project management, cross-cultural collaboration, and leadership for impact. I enjoyed working through small assignments, supported by a wonderful global team of facilitators, to come up with concrete plans for action. I’m excited to bring our project to life!” – Hannah To, Founder

“The accelerator has helped me grow from a social development standpoint as well as personally. I have no direct experience prior but through training, modules, and seminars – we are able to see the importance of a carefully planned social innovation project. It has also helped me grow personally. Seeing other people from other countries (from other teams) work on relevant social issues energizes me to keep pushing for changes in my home country, Philippines.” – Sergius Angelo Santos, Founder


Fase 15:24 (Indonesia)

Team Members: Sita Magfira, Rizky Nur Aini Aljaza (Kiki), Putri Alit Mranani (Alit)

Fase 15:24 was created to support and encourage youth who are interested in having a better understanding of journalism and communications. Through their Journalism Workshop for Youth, they tackle problems in the field, such as fake news.

How to Connect: Facebook


Miract (Japan)

Team Members: Ayano Sasaki, Tsubasa Ozawa, Mami Shimokawa

Miract was established to connect Japanese high school students with professionals and reflect on the link between their education and career goals. Innovation in education is critical to nurturing this generation of young Asian leaders.

How to Connect: Facebook