Young Regional & Rural Change Agents

Regional and rural young people face unique challenges. It’s vital to equip these youth across Australia with culturally appropriate mindsets, skillsets and toolsets to drive innovation and sustainability in their communities. Here are some examples of the work young people have been involved in this last 12 months.

SUPPORTING REGIONAL AND RURAL YOUTH

In 2022/23, Young Change Agents supported 138 regional, rural and remote schools across the country to introduce and embed entrepreneurial education into their schools and local communities.

Our programs reach young people all across Australia. Examples include $ Award entries from Christmas Island, and Digital Boss running in Darwin.

BUILDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN THE NT

Young Change Agents launched our three-year partnership with the Northern Territory Government's Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade in 2021. In 2022/23 we developed tailored entrepreneurial learning pathways with four schools: Darwin Middle School, Dripstone Middle School, Haileybury-Rendall College and St John's Senior College. With the support of the NT entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, we engaged students into programs as diverse as the Discovery and Explorer programs, $20 Boss, Lighting the Spark, Digital Boss, Industry Intrapreneurship and Youth Incubator.

We hosted an Industry Intrapreneurship Showcase, a Lighting the Spark Youth Incubator and a Digital Technologies Youth Incubator in November and December 2022. These were attended by Government, industry and the local not-for-profit, startup and social enterprise communities. Students were inspired by masterclass speakers and mentors throughout the programs.

“The programs offered by Young Change Agents to our students give them access to a wide range of skills and encourage them to use critical thinking to address challenges in their community in a positive and creative way. Fostering a fresh voice and an opportunity to see an alternate point of view is a powerful tool. Young Change Agents supports equity in education in hard to reach places and we have been fortunate to work along side them.”

Teacher, Haileybury Rendall School, NT