Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Brave City Youth
Explain your project in details:
By two thousand and thirty, two-thirds of the worlds population will be living in cities. Despite possessing more advantages including quality services and infrastructures, urban areas are also associated with inequalities, high crime rate, economic exclusion, isolation and environmental degradation. While those dangers get more severe as cities continue to grow, it is essential thinking about how urban communities should be sustainable even when the resources are not going to increase in few following years. Through www.bravecityyouth.website, Brave City Youth platform was created to provide an online based free accessible platform which aspires youth to transform urban advantages into community benefits. It offers educative information, inspirations and toolkit forum to enable them benefit their communities. The vision of this project is to create sustainable urban communities where youth are leaders of positive transformation. Our mission is empowering youth to become main agents of sustainable urbanization through raising awareness and creating youth spaces for positively grabbing urban advantages. Additionally to publishing educational articles for urban youth, Brave City Youth is the only platform by which youth can be empowered on chairing the strive for Global Goal number eleven by using existing urban advantages in their local cities and be able to challenge other global youth on being productive instead of dismissive behaviors including drug abuse, neighborhood violence and early sexual activities.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
One of the re-known greatest tool that support the global goals realization is raising awareness. Brave City youth raises awareness, educates, empowers and engages youth in tackling urban issues. The first "Benefit My City" challenge became successful where brilliant youth from Kigali city competed on creating an urban solution by using the free wireless connection found in every city bus around the city. The site monthly indicator also shows the relevancy of the project to the urban youth.
Sustainability and future plans
At Brave City Youth, we believes in the power of youth in leading a positive change. We also don't doubt the strength of social digital literacy to the social transformation of a community. In addition, we built our model on the rapid smart phones penetration and increased rate of internet users all over the world. Since the launch of the project, we have been working with volunteers among them are editors, software engineers, bloggers and artists. While this is a civic non profit project, everyone does his/her best to make this cause a success. Volunteers benefit from this experience as it keeps making them active and prepare them for employment seeking journey since unemployment is still a big issue. We currently have pending grants and partners and also hope to register our project as an NGO in the near future as the activities will be also improved. We will continue to serve our course and will never give up till all urban communities become green, inclusive, safe and resilient.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Benjamin Byiringiro, 24, the brain behind this project is a Rwandan activist, a bachelor graduate in Urban and Regional Planning, and a conscious musician also known as Ben B the Brave. He is extremely passionate about civic engagement and he is currently a volunteer at Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA). Like other conscious musicians, Benjamin believes that radical social change comes through knowledge of self and personal discovery. For the last years he was involved in different activities including the Global Goals Jam, Peace Building Institute, and ACOY (African Conference of Youth on Climate change and UN SDGs)