US Youth Years Outreach Specialist (Youth Challenges)

Youth Venture Arlington, Virginia Arlington, Virginia


Position at Ashoka

Youth Years Outreach Specialist  

Location: Washington, DC     |     Type: Part Time or Full Time      |     Experience Level: Junior 

About Ashoka  

Ashoka invests in people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be; who seek to change a broken system instead of letting it continue. We call them social entrepreneurs, and over the past 35 years, we have supported more than 3,800 Ashoka Fellows as leading social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. 

Our work is based on a fundamental insight: Behind every social innovation, there are human beings. Supporting the best of them, and connecting them with a network of peers, is the most effective way to bring about social change. 

Our vision is a world where everyone is a changemaker – a world where everyone has the skill and confidence to drive social change and is committed to the good of all. 


About Ashoka’s Youth Years 

Ashoka Youth Years is on the forefront of a movement to inspire every young person to become a changemaker - anyone who takes action to solve problems or create opportunities for the greater good. In partnership with young people and influential institutions, we build and activate communities of change leaders that are shifting the framework on how society views youth and how youth view themselves. 

Summary: Working closely with Ashoka Youth Years, Ashoka Changemakers, and young people to ensure effective and professional support to our upcoming Changemaker Challenges. This role is ideal for recent graduates or young professionals looking for short-term and flexible roles with a passion for working with young people in entrepreneurial environments.  
What is a Changemaker Challenge?  

We partner with companies and organizations to activate young people across the country to send in their ideas for change. Challenges activate a large network of young changemakers around a particular field or topic to build the demand for changemaking while also mobilizing a large group of media, youth-serving organizations, parents, and Ashoka Fellows. Throughout the engagement, we support young people to scale their ideas and teams, amplify their stories, create a space to connect young changemakers with each other, generate ideas for peer activation, and engage key stakeholders in understanding the importance of changemaking. Ultimately, these communities are built to mobilize everyone around the idea of building an "everyone a changemaker world." 

  • Reach out to regional networks and Network Partners via phone, email, and social media 
  • Create new and innovative ways to reach out to diverse youth communities, including personalized workshops for schools and youth-serving ngos, digital products, social media campaigns, micro-influencer engagement, and more 
  • Source high-quality entrants that match evaluation criteria and build a network of innovators. 
  • Design Network Engagement Plans for participants in collaboration with Challenge Managers, Community Manager, & other members of the Challenge team, creating opportunities for people in the social change ecosystem to connect with each other and benefit from the network effect 
  • Offer 1:1 support to teams of young people to apply to the challenge and grow and foster their ideas, most often through virtual office hours 
  • Support the creation and delivery of virtual and in-person events with young changemakers, including programming and logistical support.  


  • Regional mobilization of partners (educators, parents, ngos, youth-led orgs, schools, etc.) 
  • Growing our stakeholder database 
  • Generating high-quality applications 
  • Identifying 30-50 Network Partners 
  • Developing templates for outreach (emails, processes, messages, etc.)
  • Review challenge entry reviews 
  • Weekly outreach numbers report 
  • Weekly support sessions for entrants (usually during evenings or weekends) 
  • Host virtual outreach events and activities 

Successful candidates will possess most of the following skills and experiences: 

  • At least 1-2 years of experience in the community building and management or network communications field (this doesn’t have to be formal work experience, but experiences from past internships, volunteer opportunities, clubs, projects you have led, etc. where you have built community) 
  • Excellent internal and external communication skills with a range of audiences
  • Detail orientation, with an appreciation for mechanics and a thirst for making stuff work 
  • Ability to work under deadline, but flexible enough to move fluidly when deadlines shift 
  • Eager to solve problems and be proactive. Always thinking 2-3 steps ahead. 
  • Identifies as a changemaker and sees the potential in all young people being powerful changemakers as well. 
  • Fluent in English 
  • Fluency in Spanish or a second language is a huge plus! 
  • Able to pass a US Background check 

Additional Details 

  • Location: Washington DC (expected to be in a Downtown DC WeWork 2-3 times a week) 
  • Working Style: Hybrid  
  • Travel: Travel within the US for partnership support throughout the year is possible  
  • Time: we are open to part-time (20 hrs/week) and full-time (40 hrs/week) for short-term (<6 month) or 1-year-long contracts. When applying, please tell us what you are looking for! 
  • Salary (projected as a full-time role yearly based in the DMV): $50,000 - $55,000 (dependent on experience)   
  • Role Type: contract, does not include benefits or PTO package as it is a contract hire  
  • This is a U.S.-based position: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire 
  • Flexible hours – while many people work during normal working hours, our team also hosts events on weekends and evenings and works with partners and teammates across time zones. Every week is different. This is not a standard 9-5 role. We will build a schedule with you!   

The Team 
As part of our Ashoka global team-of-teams, you will interact with the executive leadership team and entrepreneurial staff from around the world who are working on a variety of different issue areas. You will work closely with partnership managers and an extended challenge team to bring our changemaker events to life. You will also have meaningful interactions with global Ashoka colleagues from all over the world. 

Hiring Process 

  1. A screening call with the hiring manager. 
  2. Team Interview with other members of the team you would be working closely with. 
  3. An Ashoka Criteria Fit Interview to talk about your entrepreneurial and changemaking experiences, leadership experiences, new ideas, fit for Ashoka’s culture, and more with a member of a different team.