Young Change Agents are heading to Darwin thanks to the Australian Government’s Women in STEM & Entrepreneurship program. We are thrilled to be working closely with the Department of Education NT, the amazing Janet Kosic and the Darwin Innovation Hub team and Elizabeth Reid and the YouthWorX team to bring the program to an initial 5 schools, followed by our second stage program YINC to be kindly (and generously!) hosted at the Darwin Innovation Hub! YouthWorX have really stepped up to support youth in NT by co-investing to cover teacher relief so that teachers can participate in our capacity building program. This is essential to sustain and scale the program!
Young Change Agents, with support from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, YouthWorX NT and the Darwin Innovation Hub, would like to invite you to a Social Entrepreneurship Taster Session on Monday the 19th February.
Funding opportunity: Programs + Teacher Capacity Building
This session is to give Principals and school leaders a preview of the funded opportunity to bring Young Change Agents to your school. There are 5 funded opportunities available for Term 2, 2018 for a 2.5 day program for up to 40 females and 2 teachers. Thanks to a co-investment from YouthWorX NT, each participating school will also receive $2400 towards teacher relief. Teachers will have an immersive experience alongside the students plus gain access to online learning, resources and support from Young Change Agents to rollout the program to additional students in the future. Selected student alumni will also be invited to the second stage incubator program YINC to be held at the Darwin Innovation Hub in the July school holidays.
About the event
This event has been designed to give you a taste of what to expect from this program! It’s will be fast paced, collaborative and fun!
Young Change Agents will lead you through an interactive workshop where you design a sustainable business model that solves a problem you care about in your community.
You will have a chance to:
- Work with other educators in small teams
- Learn more about social entrepreneurship
- Learn design thinking skills which you can use in your teaching
- Pitch your idea back for feedback from the group
- Find out how to organise a fully funded Young Change Agents program for your school or youth group
2.30pm Arrival and team formation
2.45pm Community mapping and vision
3pm Root cause (5 whys)
3.20pm Social enterprise and ideation
3.50pm Social lean canvas
5pm Pitch (over wine/softdrinks/cheese)
What are people saying about Young Change Agents?
“We saw that the [YCA] program was a great mix of two things for our girls: (1) the design thinking process and (2) the whole entrepreneurial style of ideas being mixed with the social conscious which was important for us” – Belinda Kelly, Principal Riverside Girls High School
“After participating in the YCA program, I realized we could apply much of what we had experienced to the teaching of the CITQ (commerce) unit. I reflected on the YCA process, and identified that their techniques were directly applicable and would have the added benefit of giving our students the opportunity to develop their empathic skills, which is an identified focus area for our girls. These techniques have been considered during the planning process and will now form a crucial part of the teaching of the CITQ unit”. Year 9 Commerce Teacher
“The main aim of [our entrepreneurial idea] was to get Alzheimer’s patients to express their thoughts creatively, so they can hopefully develop a deeper identity and connect themselves to the community,” Student Participant
“I came in with the mentality that I couldn’t make a difference, but honestly I am leave with the reality that I can” Youth Participant
“Young Change Agents provides a rare educational experience because it does not merely ask students to observe and catalog the world, but rather, to mold it. After learning how the world operates in a conventional classroom, YCA helps answer the often unarticulated question that lingers in the back of many students’ minds: ‘now what are you going to do about it?” Douglas Abdiel, Strategy and Operations Manager, Google
For more information contact Margaret O’Brien, Cofounder and CEO, Young Change Agents at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0452 27 69 27.