The challenges the world is currently facing have accentuated one of the most critical problems we have as a society: young people today have fewer prospects than the previous generation, which means the most important social contract we have - hope for a younger generation - has been broken.
This problem is not one exclusive to impoverished countries either: for example, according to Eurostat, more than 1 in 4 young man or woman aged 16-24 in the European Union is at risk of social exclusion and poverty (27,7%).
While there are many causes to address, it is clear that part of the solution lies in creating initiatives that promote inclusion and improve the skill set of this generation.
We created IMAGINE, a social impact program for young men and women that aims to improve their employability skills and promote social inclusion.
IMAGINE starts by introducing them to several disciplines related to entrepreneurship and communication in order to develop soft skills and increase self awareness.
This is the beginning of a long term partnership, as each participant then has the opportunity to tell their story to the world by creating their own sneakers and launch a micro-business with DiVERGE to practice the new earned skills, getting all the proceeds that result from the sales.
Throughout the program, ongoing mentorship is provided to enable that each young man and woman can strive for a more meaningful future. DiVERGE commits 10% of its profits to further grow IMAGINE.
We invite you to check their unique stories and buy their creations.
They deserve it.
Meet the Team
Adventurous | Hard worker
My main goal is to find out what my main goal is and then accomplish it.I believe we can all contribute to a better world. It deserves it, and so do we.
Thoughtful | Positive
I try to see the good in every bad situation and vice versa. However, I believe that life should have more positivity than negativity and that can be achieved if we choose to be good to one another.
Peaceful | Romantic
I like to think that I am peaceful, romantic and joyful but I am also a bit fearful and sometimes too naive, as I always tend to just see the good side of people and situations.
Persistence | Focus
I am sociable, like to give back and I am highly involved in my community. I am taking the first steps in entrepreneurship, which is hard but rewarding
Extroverted | Outgoing
I am outgoing, extroverted and I try to make the best out of life. I believe that everything happens for a reason and being a part of this project strongly reaffirmed my belief.
Demanding | Straightforward | Impartial
I am extroverted and always try to look for the positive things in life. I have also learned that I have to be proactive and work really hard to reach my goals, therefore I put my heart and soul in everything I do.
Grateful | Loving | Peaceful
I believe everyone has potential and something to add if granted the opportunity and I think one of the most troubling things in the world today is that people get judged and labeled too easily.
Special | Generous | Strong
I still dream like a young kid and one of my biggest dreams is to convince the world that everyone can succeed in life if given support and access to opportunities.
Impartial | Fashionista
Ever since I was a little girl, I am really into fashion. I have always felt attracted to that universe and I see myself working in the industry at some point.