Programs

Young Change Agents is a design-thinking based social entrepreneurship program for 10-18 year olds that helps our youth see problems as opportunities. It provides them with the tools to think creatively, build skills in critical thinking and communication and empowers them to believe that they are good enough to be entrepreneurs, leaders and world changers.

Best of all, it's fun and exciting to learn how to create a social start-up. We use tools and techniques utilised in real start-up incubators and just like a lean start-up, there will be limited time to get stuff done.

Young Change Agents is available at both Year 5-6 and Year 7-12 level. Furthermore, Young Change Agents is a social enterprise ourselves - meaning we exist to provide equitable access to social enterprise education for all youth.

2.5 day program

Young Change Agents' first stage social entrepreneurship program is a 2.5 day "hackathon style" workshop where teams of 4-5 work to identify problems within their communities then ideate, validate, prototype and pitch a social enterprise idea to a judging panel.



YINC - Young Incubator

Our initial programs have shown that up to 50% of teams are wanting to further progress their ideas to the next stage. For this reason, we have introduced a 2nd stage, called YINC which is an incubator program that mirrors adult-based incubator programs in content and style.



5 day tech + social entrepreneurship

Young Change Agents has joined forces with Coder Academy to offer a 5 day tech plus social entrepreneurship program.

Train-the-trainer program

Young Change Agents are passionate supporters of Australian teachers. Our goal is to deliver a fantastic program to students whilst building the capacity of teaching teams in design thinking and social entrepreneurship.



 

Testimonials

"What I saw today was five teams who communicated idea that frankly blew my mind.. ideas that could actually be applied today in practice.” – Laurence Street, General Manager, CSIRO

“It was amazing to watch the students come up with innovative ways to solve some of the greatest problems in our communities. It reminded me how important it is to look at problems with a beginner's mind to come up with creative solutions." – Dorothee Clauss, Lead Solution Engineer, Salesforce

"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

"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

“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

“The program is the perfect combination of innovation and empowerment in young people. It gives young people the opportunity to implement positive change based on community needs as they see it and empowers them to find strength in solutions” Malena Hawkins, Community Services Manager, Australian Red Cross