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Meet our next Bright Future finalists, Chloe and Manganye!

Say hi to the next two aspiring community leaders in our ACT Bright Future Prize 23/24 Finalists Showcase!

Through our showcase, hear from all eight of the teens who have reached the shortlist of this year's ACT Bright Future Prize, an annual competition led by Ardonagh's Group charity, ACT, which seeks to empower and invest in the next generation of community leaders.

This year's finalists represent Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Portugal and South Africa, so we've been on a worldwide trip to film them all so that they can tell you first-hand about their aspirations and bright ideas for community projects.

In March, our ACT Trustees will have the difficult task of choosing the winners, who will share the £40,000 prize fund to turn their project ideas into a reality.

This week, we meet Chloe from Melbourne, Australia, who is using the power of coding to raise awareness of climate change, alongside Manganye in Limpopo, South Africa, whose passion for baking is behind his social entrepreneurship idea.

Combatting climate change through coding
Chloe McCormick, Melbourne, Australia

Chloe has two passions, coding and taking action against climate change. She's brought them together through her own initiative, Code<Green/>, which uses interactive programming to raise awareness and educate young people about the environment. Already, Chloe has mentored over 150 children in Melbourne through workshops and created a prototype of an online learning platform. Now, she wants to take Code <Green/> to the next stage, expanding to reach more young people.

Establishing a community bakery to inspire entrepreneurship
Manganye Onndwela, Itsani, South Africa

Manganye has a keen entrepreneurial spirit and aspires to open his very own community bakery business in his hometown of Itsani. Already, he's been part of a host of pop-up events and markets to hone his baking and business talents, and now wants to set up his own bakery to develop not just his own skills but to support other people in the community to do the same.

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