What is Young Change Makers + programme ?

The Young Change Makers take initiative in social entrepreneurship activities on themes such as Health & Active Living, Inclusion, Sustainability, and Peace & development, delivering their own projects which leverage the power of sport for a better world.

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photo of IOC presidents Tomas Bach and young change makers from year 2017

Aged between 18-25 when nominated by their respective NOCs to attend the YOG, these young leaders include former athletes, students, young sports professionals, and National Olympic Committee staff. Mothusi Ramaabya, a Young Change Maker from Botswana implemented the project 'I can', to encourage people living with special needs and disability, and spread the message that it is possible to be anything that you want in life, regardless of whatever challenges they face and that they should not let it affect their future.

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photo of IOC presidents Tomas Bach and young change makers from year 2017

YCMs are invited to attend the International Olympic Committee's Youth Summit during which their voice is heard and they get the opportunity to engage and discuss issues that impact them with the IOC President.

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Panasonic becomes the first Worldwide TOP partner to provide additional support to YCM+ programme pledging its commitment to supporting the next generation of young sport leaders around the world. Panasonic is trusting in "A Better Life, A Better World" as stated in the corporate slogan, and partnering with programme shows its count on young generation and sports to realize that goal