Impact Spotlight: Digital Opportunity Trust
It’s no secret that we are passionate about organizations and individuals that leverage the incredible potential of technology to create social innovation. Bridging the gap between the human and the technical, the present and the future, these organizations walk the walk when it comes to making a better future for us all.
One organization we are happy to support embodies this approach to the fullest: Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT). DOT is a Canadian charitable organization that enables youth to create meaningful change and sustainable opportunities in their local communities through digital technology.
Putting digital tools in the hands of the next generation of thought leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs ensures communities around the world are equipped to solve existing challenges and handle the next wave of technological transformation.
Rather than prescribing the best solution or a universal path forward, DOT invites people between the ages of 18 and 29 to explore, experiment, and develop their own sustainable solutions to implement right at home. DOT provides the knowledge, network, and support to turn the youth-led ideas into a reality.
“Start from where you are with what you have,” says Paul Tinkaman, a DOT Uganda program graduate. DOT initiatives have been launched around the globe and have driven progressive, socially-motivated results in robotics, agriculture, art, and entrepreneurship.
We draw inspiration from their unique approach that accounts for context, centres participants, and focusses on empowerment through every project and at every stage. Learn more about the keys they use to unlock success for their program participants and consider how you can apply their model to your organization's learning, development, and give back initiatives.
3 Ways DOT’s Participant Focus Makes a Bigger Impact
DOT’s youth leadership program emphasizes nurturing the development of three key characteristics: community leaders, digital champions, and social innovators. We love their participant-centred approach that provides meaningful experience, skills development, and collaboration opportunities.
Here’s how their program model goes further:
Creating a supportive and tailored experience for each program ensures that youth and their local communities leave the program better off. Equipped with the skills to self-identify and solve their most pressing local needs, participants can use a proven framework to chart their own path forward.
Read research reports put together by program participants and find out how you can empower youth around the world with DOT.
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Push your business goals further, inspire the people at your organization, and contribute to positive change in your local community and around the world - all with one, easy-to-implement program.
The UN initiative Impact2030 is hoping to inspire companies across the globe to do just that, by empowering businesses and equipping leaders with the tools necessary to create structured, impactful volunteer programs at their organizations.
The human capital that exists within companies has massive potential to create positive change. Identifying this untapped opportunity, Impact2030 has set out on a mission to activate employees, inspire diverse populations, and create opportunities for tangible contributions around the world.
The business-led initiative is rooted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to drive strong collaboration and relationships between private companies and social and public sectors.
3 Steps to Launch Your Employee Volunteer Program
If you want to get involved and give back, here are three simple steps you can follow to get informed and take action with an engaging and effective employee volunteer program:
Businesses are among the most powerful, tight-knit, and pervasive social structures across the world. Regardless of the size, industry, or goals of your organization, you can leverage the power of your people to make a positive difference.
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Jamie is a student at Queen’s University, working toward obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science.