Developed and operated in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation, the Young Changemakers Project inspires and trains university students to undertake voluntary community projects.
After being successfully piloted in Beijing in 2011, the programme has been rolled out to nearly 100 universities across China.
Designed by the British Council, the Young Changemakers course has given over 1000 students the skills and knowledge to become effective change makers and fundraisers. Their projects focus on a wide range of issues. Some Young Changemakers teach classes in schools for migrant children; others raise public awareness of environmental protection or promote sustainability in local communities.
The British Council also provides international exchange opportunities through the programme. Sixty-six Young Changemakers have already joined study visits to the UK, where they have learned first-hand how social enterprises and charities create positive and sustainable social change.
This programme has earned high praise from both the Youth League of the Communist Party of China and the Foreign Ministry of China.
For more information about the programme, please visit the official website (Chinese only).