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    Above: The Students and Tutors Youth Venture team of the Breakthrough Miami Cohort hold an awareness campaign to inform people of the importance of access to adequate test prep. Photo Credit: Owen Zighelboim, Students and Tutors Knight Foundation supports Ashoka’s Youth Venture to develop entrepreneurial skills in high school students and foster a deeper understanding of community issues. Below, Ashoka Project Manager Elliott Jones writes about the effort. This Saturday the Miami Foundation’s second Engaged Youth class will begin a journey to become changemakers. The Engaged Youth reflect the commitment of Knight Foundation and the Miami Foundation to developing new changemakers for Greater Miami. The group consists of 36 high school students who represent 17 schools in Miami-Dade County. These future changemakers are participating in Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a process that empowers young people to learn how they can create the change they want to see in their communities.  The Engaged Youth class will get to know one another, practice self-exploration exercises and then dive into identifying community issues, forming teams and planning one-day awareness campaigns around a subject of their choosing. The group will participate in a working lunch during which they will network with members of the Miami Foundation’s Engaged Youth Selection Committee and hear from guest speakers, Javier Soto, CEO of the Miami Foundation, and Lorena Garcia Duran, director of Ashoka South Florida.