Social entrepreneurs are self-motivated individuals who take on some kind of socially-minded venture. Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities to drive innovation and progress. Social entrepreneurs range in scope: from people who simply choose to be kinder towards others, to individuals who decide to start up a community organization, to people who champion international fair trade business. Successful social entrepreneurship is not measured in amount of money made or number of people affected, but rather, in ability to compassionately care for others.
This concept is included in the Unveiling Youth Potential (UYP) program as it is the culmination of all program components. Participants combine their understanding of who they are (see Wisdom Stories) with what they know about their community needs and priorities (see Community Mapping), and explore ideas around what they could do to inspire positive change (see Change Leadership) within their communities. Through engaging exercises, including the designing and writing of an actual social entrepreneurship project plan, individuals come to understand more deeply their own potential to be innovative and inspiring change-makers, and learn practical tools around how to do so.