About Young Change Agents

 

Young Change Agents helps youth see problems as opportunities through social entrepreneurship

 

The way we look at education is being reshaped by a changing world. Today, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking are admired. But soon, these skills will be vital to how we live, work and learn. 

Young people will be expected to recognise opportunity, take initiative and innovate in the face of challenges. 

And we have a responsibility to help them prepare.

We know that an entrepreneurial mindset elevates student potential. Students become flexible, adaptable and communicate better. They persist in spite of failure and turn problems into opportunities. 

Armed with these qualities, young people can lead economic growth, improve health and create social change. They can develop skills that advance their careers, as well as their community’s long-term wellbeing.

But entrepreneurial skills don’t come from a textbook. They’re taught through collaboration, real world experience and continuous improvement. 

 

Young Change Agents is a nonprofit social enterprise leading the way in youth entrepreneurship in Australia.

We deliver a range of education programs that develop the entrepreneurial mindset, skillset and toolset of young people aged from 10 to 25. 

Our programs give young people the independence and opportunity to exercise leadership, make decisions and collaborate with peers, community and industry. 

We embrace every young person’s unique set of life experiences, passions and interests, encouraging them to use these skills to solve problems in their community.

And we believe entrepreneurial education is a true engine for change. 

 

Working in partnership with teachers, Young Change Agents helps introduce and embed entrepreneurial learning in their schools and communities. Our programs make this faster and simpler, saving teachers valuable time. 

We provide educators with immersive experiences and professional development to sustainably integrate entrepreneurial learning into the school curriculum. 

We help schools get started or grow their existing program, maximising any funding available. We build dynamic ecosystems for entrepreneurship, promoting the exchange of talent, information and resources to drive innovation.

These initiatives strengthen the role of teachers as role models and champions for entrepreneurial education. 

Our expert team brings decades of experience in international development, social enterprise, entrepreneurialism, education and blended learning.

As industry leaders, we bring agility and innovative thinking to our practice and share this approach with Australian schools. We embrace our partnerships with national and global brands to amplify the ideas of young people and bring their projects to life.

 

At Young Change Agents, we see the future of education.

And we’re here to help schools make entrepreneurial education a reality.

So today’s students can become tomorrow’s innovators and change agents.


 

Key Initiatives 2021/2

In 2021, Young Change Agents is a key delivery partner for the Australian Government initiative, the Academy for Enterprising Girls as well as a Digital Futures Partner of Telstra Foundation reaching youth in regional and rural areas across Australia. In late 2020, we were selected as the new home for the largest entrepreneurial education in Australia - $20 Boss which reaches over 500 schools a year and we have been growing this program throughout 2021. 

Young Change Agents was also the recipient of the Federal Government Maker Projects and Women in STEM funding and through this doing some important work with young people in regional areas and Indigenous women. 

Additionally, our design challenges run nationally and are free-of-charge to all Australian schools. You can find more information on these via our Challenges section.

Our programs are inclusive of all youth, including marginalised and disadvantaged young Australians.

Our Board

Bridget Armstrong

Margaret O'Brien

CEO & Co-Founder

Ben Marcos

Ben Marcos

Director

Bridget Armstrong

Lenny Repole

Company Secretary

Bridget Armstrong

Bettina Manevski

Chair and Director

Bridget Armstrong

Parth Gulati

Director

 

Our Team

Margaret O'Brien

Margaret O'Brien

Co-Founder and CEO

Maya Marcus

Maya Marcus

Head of Product and Learning

Aruna Venkatachalam

Aruna Venkatachalam

Head of Operations and International

Kiran Biswas

Kiran Biswas

Casual Facilitator QLD

Keira Morris-Akeroyd

Keira Morris-Akeroyd

Lead Facilitator & Educator

Sam Refshauge

Sam Refshauge

Regional Manager QLD/NSW

Lisa Longman

Lisa Longman

Regional Manager WA

Cat Kitney

Cat Kitney

Programs Manager QLD

Chris Hamblin

Chris Hamblin

Marketing Executive

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

Indigenous Consultant

Kay Rumbelow

Kay Rumbelow

Operations Manager

Tanya Rutherford

Tanya Rutherford

Associate, Rockhampton

Imara Mandrew

Imara Mandred

Facilitator, WA

Jessie Nguyen

Jessie Nguyen

Program Coordinator

Janine Farah

Janine Farah

National Programs Manager

Samantha Abrahim

Samantha Abrahim

Education and Programs Manager

Jacob Gamble

Jacob Gamble

Program Coordinator

Seshnie Taylor

Seshnie Taylor

Programs Manager, South Australia

Theia Gabatan

Theia Gabatan

Marketing Assistant

Ilily Aba-Omer

Ilily Aba-Omer

Program Coordinator