Stories

  • Seizing rare opportunities – NN Japan volunteer

    Seizing rare opportunities – NN Japan volunteer

    By Yasuko Ogawa, Local General Counsel, NN Japan

    I always wanted to contribute to educational programmes for young students. I have volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school (for physically challenged class) in the USA when I was a college student. Rarely do companies in Japan provide such kind of opportunities.

  • Opening young Dutch minds to social innovation

    Opening young Dutch minds to social innovation

    On one early morning in November of 2016, Jong Ondernemen (JO) in the Netherlands hit the highway and made their way to Veluws College Walterbosch in Apeldoorn. Their mission was to deliver a lesson under the programme of Social Innovation Relay (SIR) to students aged 15 to 18 (fourth graders). 101 students from three classes benefited from the lesson.

  • Social Innovation Relay Road Show by JA Hungary

    Social Innovation Relay Road Show by JA Hungary

    This school year, JA Hungary has taken a new approach to raising awareness of social entrepreneurship among Hungarian students and teachers. Through the Social Entrepreneurship Roadshow events, students not only meet successful Hungarian social entrepreneurs but also take part in a creative idea generation process with JA Hungary staff members.

  • Best young social entrepreneurs gather for Inspiration Day in the Netherlands

    Best young social entrepreneurs gather for Inspiration Day in the Netherlands

    Gathered altogether, the fifty present pupils were full of pride. "Wow, we are among the best twenty teams of the Netherlands!" Of the more than 300 teams consisting of 1,100 students, they are among the top twenty. They came together on March 16 for Inspiration Day: an inspiring morning for these future social entrepreneurs, which they could continue to work together with mentors of NN Group on their idea for a social enterprise. 

  • Roman Frno

    Roman Frno

    I first heard of the Social Innovation Relay from our communication department. They presented the purpose of the events and stimulated participation very well. I immediately thought: “I would like to try to work with, guide and lead young people.”  I really enjoyed the students' proactive attitude and seeing how much effort they put into the development of their ideas.

  • Akiko Murayama

    Akiko Murayama

    I joined the Social Innovation Relay, because I wanted to make a contribution to an initiative that stimulates young people to be challenged in a way beyond the traditional curriculum. I also wanted to know how much high school students these days know about going business on the one hand and the current societal problems on the other hand. Their level of knowledge and caring for social issues amazed me.

  • Andreea Lica

    I decided to join SIR as a volunteer to get in touch with the new generation of students and find out how they would address some of the burning social issues. Furthermore, I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with them, helping and supporting them in the development of their innovative business ideas.

  • Éva Bagyánszki

    As a researcher I am interested in innovative, life-changing ideas. Joining SIR and helping young people in taking their ideas further forward, seemed like perfect plan for me. I am always looking to help people. In all, I was very happy that NN gave me the opportunity to join this great programme. I loved how creative and open minded these students were.

  • Szilvia Szarjas

    When I heard of SIR, I decided to volunteer because I like to take part in this kind of youth development programs. I believe that it is essential to involve secondary school in entrepreneurial activities. In addition, it is crucial they get some financial education too. The enthusiasm of the participants was truly inspiring.

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