Got an idea for a new product or service that can make change? Why wait for someone else to do it? Start a social enterprise – a business that aims to do good for the community. Social enterprises that involve young people make a big difference to their lives, and to the lives of others.
Social enterprises are businesses whose main aim is to do good for the community. They can do this by providing:
There are different types of social enterprise: from businesses that make profits and reinvest them, to charities, to fair trade organisations, to community-owned organisations. Some social enterprises are even mixtures of the different types.
Starting a social enterprise might be an option to raise money for a youth program or youth-led organisation.
Social Traders NEW GEN Youth Social Enterprise Program is an initiative of the Victorian Government. It supports young Victorians (16-25) to get involved in founding, leading, managing and operating social enterprises.
The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) Young Social Pioneers program supports young Australians (18-29) with social enterprise mentoring, skills development, leadership and connections.
YMCA Launchpad is a three day program led by successful young social entrepreneurs. It can help you develop your skills and ideas and introduce you to likeminded people.
Need help with developing a social enterprise? Check out Social Traders' support services.
There are some existing social enterprises operating in Victoria:
* By featuring the organisations above, we're not recommending or endorsing them. Please read the Yerp disclaimer for more info.
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