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project empower
yelp x the small world x Milaan foundation


Project empower is an initiative that taps into the minds of girls in India and Nepal to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and realize their potential. We at Youth Executive Leadership Program believe in the importance of understanding and accepting different perspectives, especially in our society today, and we hope this project brings this to light. 


YELP is partnering with The Small World and The Milaan Foundation to create a 6 part audio & video curriculum that features interviews, discussions, and stories of successful female entrepreneurs who have built their businesses from scratch. We hope to empower girls and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in India and Nepal. We strive to ensure that all youth, no matter their background, have equal access to career and personal development skills, such as leadership training. Through this project we hope to inspire the next generation leaders to achieve greatness in their futures and create this cross-cultural communication amongst the youth in order to grow students' minds.

Students will write a short response (100-200 words) describing their dream careers in entrepreneurship and questions that you would want talked about throughout the curriculum.

Specifically students may write about

  • Their future career goals

  • Small Business ideas

  • Questions for speakers


An example of a short response may look like this.

My idea for a small business is creating handcrafted accessories that showcase our rich cultural heritage. From intricately designed jewelry to vibrant textiles, my aim is to promote local craftsmanship while empowering women in rural communities. Through my entrepreneurship journey, I envision a brighter future where traditional artistry thrives. I want to grow up to become a fashion designer and I believe this small businesses is the first step in pursuing my passion. Some questions I have for female entrepreneurs in the United States are:

  1. What inspired you to start your own business, and how did you identify your passion?

  2. How did you overcome any initial challenges or doubts when starting your entrepreneurial journey?

(Short responses may also be written in the native language of students)


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