Impact Together

Impact Together was conceived by the Mentor Together team as an opportunity to add community leadership skills to the toolkit of skills being built by mentors and mentees. We wanted to revamp the definition of personal empowerment from just individual empowerment to empowerment through social changemaking. It was also seen as an opportunity to give youth mentees and their mentors an opportunity to stand up and address the needs of the urban communities they live in.

We, at Mentor Together, view leadership as an organic process and believe that leaders are neither born nor created. They emerge from within all of us to address the need of the hour. Impact Together aims at empowering young Indians, by giving them an opportunity to make a journey of personal transformation. We envision the emergence of new changemakers in society, who with the help of the connect of a unique mentoring relationship, will be able to empathize with people/communities who have problems, gain in-depth knowledge about these issues, mobilize community support, and co-create innovative practices and solutions that can change these intractable problems.

We hope the enriching experience of Impact Together will help build a bridge between formal education systems and applied practices, and draw a logical relationship between education and action. Lastly, we believe this experience will ignite a fire to expand the horizon of both mentors and mentees, such that their conception of personal empowerment moves from just academic or career progression to inlcude active participation in societal change.

Mentor Together

Mentor Together is a non-profit organization working to empower the lives of disadvantaged young people through mentoring programs. Our vision is to create mutually beneficial relationships and networks that help youth expand their capabilities to pursue their valued goals and dreams. Mentor Together has provided direct mentoring relationships to about 150 young people in the cities of Bangalore and Mysore. Our latest program ‘Impact Together’, in partnership with Ashoka and SAP, aims at giving young people an opportunity to become changemakers in society. Read more about our work at www.mentortogether.org.
Ashoka is leading a profound transformation in society. In the past three decades the global citizen sector led by social entrepreneurs has grown exponentially. Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people. Ashoka founded 30 years ago by Bill Drayton is working collectively to ensure social entrepreneurs and their innovations continue to inspire a new generation of local change makers to create positive social change. Beginning with the first Ashoka Fellows elected in India in 1981, Ashoka has grown to an association of 3,000 Fellows in over 70 countries around the world. Learn more about Ashoka India at www.india.ashoka.org
SAP India is the fastest growing subsidiary of SAP AG, the world’s leading provider of business software solutions.  Declared as the ‘Hub of the year in Asia-Pacific and Japan’ in 2007, SAP India witnessed an unprecedented growth of over 100% both in terms of license revenue and customer acquisition. SAP is committed to initiatives that work toward a sustainable world in which transparency and integrity are the building blocks of its foundation. SAP approach social investment strategically – in order to ensure a sustainable future for society, their customers, and their company. By focusing its talent, technology, and capital on education and entrepreneurship, SAP strive to enact positive social change through economic growth, job creation, innovation, and community. Learn more about SAP India at www.sap.com/india/

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