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Young Entrepreneur Series – TakingITGlobal

February 7, 2012

Jennifer Corriero & Michael Furdyk were 19 & 17 years old when TakingITGlobal was invented. The TakingITGlobal Online Community sprung from a conversation between its two co-founders, Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, aged 19 and 17 at the time, who were striving to use technology to improve education and opportunities for youth around the world.

Jennifer and Michael wanted to share their business and leadership experiences with other youth and provide them with empowering, meaningful experiences. As young tech-savvy leaders, they were able to make their visions a reality with the help of a core team of volunteers equally dedicated to the mission of TIG. The source of energy and imagination behind TakingITGlobal continues to grow with innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to make positive change in the world.

Jennifer and Michael’s vision is to see youth everywhere actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world. “We enable a collaborative learning community which provides youth with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful participation in decision-making…”

Their objectives include:

Inspiring

Informing

Involving

A personal connection. An influential mentor. A peer who encourages. That’s all it takes to inspire youth to have a lasting impact in their communities at the local, national or international level. By connecting them into a global online social network for civic engagement, youth share their stories and experiences, and begin their transformation into effective changemakers today. We support their development by providing the initial spark that drives their efforts to act as a positive force for change in the world. Climate Change, HIV/AIDS, poverty, human rights – these issues threaten our common humanity. In order for youth to address them, they need the knowledge and resources to understand and act. In building their capacity and increasing their cross-cultural awareness, young people better prepared to engage in an increasingly interconnected world that shares the responsibility to solve these global issues. Through information and communications technologies, they are able to share what they have learned with their peers. Collaboration, dialogue, participation are critical steps required for the youth voice to be heard and for their actions to be recognized. Young people are most powerful as co-owners of this movement for change. Interactive relationships between youth and institutions allow for meaningful contributions to policies. Access to organizations opens up a multitude of opportunities for youth to become involved.

TakingITGlobal is currently working on over a dozen Key Programs, bringing together over 340,000 members with more than 22,000 non-profit organizations across 13 languages. Their TIGed program serves over 2,400 schools in 118 countries with professional development, engaging lesson plans, and collaborative global projects.

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