The role of social entrepreneurship for youth purpose development

Dalphine Ong, Liang Shang, Yanto Chandra, Mashitah Hamidi, Haris Abd Wahab

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Despite the burgeoning research on social entrepreneurship in recent years, there is limited research on youths as a context for theorizing. This article examines the influence of social entrepreneurship on youth development through the positive youth development perspective. It explores how youth participation in social entrepreneurial activities helps develop their sense of purpose in life. Using data from semi-structured interviews with 27 youths and participant observations, this article demonstrated that social entrepreneurship contributes to youth purpose development by facilitating social conscience, prosocial connectedness, capability and personal agency development and how these manifest in different stages of youth purpose commitment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-290
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2020


  • positive youth development
  • purpose
  • social enterprise
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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