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Although we live in a world where 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, global issues are often sidelined in children’s education. We have failed to adequately prepare the youth of today with the global mindset they will need to tackle the world’s development challenges. Young people less than 25 years old make up 50% of the world's population. If the global community is to survive in the 21st Century, we must empower future generations to tackle extreme poverty, which prevents over a billion people from fulfilling their potential.In a society where we have both the resources and the technology to eradicate extreme poverty once and for all, today’s youth will not accept a future in which one fifth of the world’s population does not have a voice.That’s why we created the Social Entrepreneurs for Empowering Development (SEED) Programme. SEED is a youth-empowerment programme that offers a comprehensive curriculum and various skills workshops to engage students in development issues. Our programme is designed for young New Zealanders, who believe that extreme poverty should not exist in the Asia-Pacific and want to create a world where all youth have equal opportunities. Our programme is like no other youth empowerment program in New Zealand, as it gives students the skills and knowledge they need to tackle extreme poverty hands on.Our curriculum of workshops on education, food and water, gender, new age development, and environmental sustainability will open students' eyes to the causes and consequences of the extreme poverty. We will motivate students to raise awareness about extreme poverty in their communities by teaching them the skills of public speaking, project management, social media for social change, campaigning and leadership. We will inspire students to take action, by providing them with the unique opportunity to make personal connections with international experts and communities on the ground, who are making a difference. The SEED programme will start in 2013 and be delivered by passionate and inspiring workshop facilitators. Our facilitators will support SEED students a to design and implement their own community initiatives.The money raised from these initiatives will fund an international development project in the Pacific. In the past two years, P3 has raised over $150,000 for our international projects.Our programme will not only directly impact the lives of our young students, but also communities abroad.