25 September 2023

UPSHIFT

There are 1.8 billion young people today, with nearly 90 per cent residing in low- and middle-income countries. This generation of young people is the largest in history.  UPSHIFT is a social innovator accelerator for young people aged 10-24 years that rapidly unlocks their generational potential to create real and tangible change in their lives…, The Approach, From the outset, UPSHIFT was designed to be modular and adaptable to meet the unique user needs and objectives. Through co-creation with local stakeholders, the UPSHIFT learning journey is adapted and built using an approach that strengthens and connects with the existing local ecosystems.  Rooted in 7 core principles, UPSHIFT synergistically…, The Innovator Journey, The UPSHIFT learning journey is based on best practices in non-formal, experiential, and enterprise education. Throughout 20-30 learning hours, it combines mentorship, workshops, and an entrepreneurial challenge. It can be delivered in different formats, from in-person boot camps to blended in-person and digital learning based on highly…, Results, UPSHIFT is continually responding to a global need and is now operational in 47 countries worldwide. As of December 2023, over 95 million learning hours have been completed by over 4.1 million young people who undertook an UPSHIFT journey.   UPSHIFT current and prospective countries Driven by a purpose to promote equity and inclusivity, currently…, Since the beginning of full-scale war in Ukraine, UNICEF’s UPSHIFT programme has enabled more than a hundred teams from all over Ukraine to implement projects aimed at overcoming the consequences of the war., UNICEF/UN0789491/Maiorov Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category. Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category., The primary objective of this bootcamp is to enhance the technical and entrepreneurial prowess of these teenagers across four distinct areas of activity: agro-food processing, solar panel technology, garment crafting, and telephone repair., UNICEF/UNI441169/Andriantsoarana A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage to store the school’s vegetables and food supplies. A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage…, A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage to store the school’s vegetables and food supplies., UNICEF/UN0748469/Samdrup Vitalii, an 18-year-old college student and Upgrade team member from Ternopil in VR glasses. Vitalii, an 18-year-old college student and Upgrade team member from Ternopil in VR glasses., The VR sessions are run by ‘Upgrade’, an UPSHIFT youth project that holds meetings for displaced children in the city of Ternopil., UNICEF/UN0678718/Filippov Sofia (18), Ielizaveta, Veronika and Olha are training to be psychologists at the university in Kropyvnytskyi Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category. A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan…, SCALING FOR SUSTAINABLE IMPACT THROUGH NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEMS  , Governments worldwide acknowledge the workforce's changing needs and the importance of adaptable individuals. As a result, they are implementing policies to enhance their education systems and promote the development of essential 21st-century skills. There is an urgent need to accelerate education reform by building the competencies of both…, Opportunities for Partnership & Investment, Centred around supporting young social innovators and making their voices heard, UPSHIFT represents a powerful opportunity for global, regional, and local collaboration between the private sector, government, and civil society partners.  By investing in UPSHIFT, forward-thinking organizations can directly contribute to our collective commitment to…, LEGACY PARTNERS, UPSHIFT Partners
18 August 2023

Innovation30: Young Climate Innovators Shaping the Future

For decades, with grit, creativity, and ingenuity, young people have been revolutionizing what is possible in shaping the boundaries of the tech industry.   Research consistently shows that the most successful companies are often founded by young entrepreneurs in their thirties, who nurtured and refined their ideas in their twenties and even…, Meet the innovators selected by Innovation30:, Vuala Deploy NovFeed Aqua Poro Cycleau Ollas Sostenibles Airex Fabricure SAGES Fungi Life Housing Now Thinking Machines Data Science PadCareX Grogenics Nomad LifeBox Captain Fanplastic E-Cover SeaGraze Dronebots EnvoBarrier Agro-Eco Services Karpolax Hide BioTech, Innovation30, Today, there are 3.8 billion people under the age of 30 . If the largest generation of young people in the world are equally and inclusively empowered to innovate, the potential for progress is unlimited.   Unfortunately, the reality is that only 2.4% of climate finance from major Multilateral Climate Funds goes towards child-responsive activities…, The Challenge, From megadroughts and blistering heatwaves to staggering flooding, half of the world's children, totaling one billion, are deemed to be at extremely high risk due to a deadly combination of high exposure to climate hazards and inadequate services to support them.  Though they are the most vulnerable to climate shocks, young people under 30 are…, Innovation30 Collaborators, Innovation 30 is the collaborative effort of a consortium of innovation accelerators nominating and vetting impactful solutions from around the world. They include: African Youth Climate Hub   Anzisha Prize   Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership   Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator Global Alliance of University on Climate   …