Programs

Young Change Agents is a not for profit social enterprise focused on developing the mindset, skillset and toolset of youth aged 10 - 21. We do this through social entrepreneurship programs combined with educator capacity building, the amplification of youth ideas, and technology platforms that provide badging and ePortfolios. We are equipping young people for their future careers and empowering them to create their own pathways.

Our programs make entrepreneurship education fun and empowering for young people. We use real start-up and incubator tools and techniques and just like in an accelerator or in a startup, students are pushed to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Consultation with our alumni has shown that up to 50% of teams are wanting to further progress their ideas to the next stage. We therefore have a suite of programs that support students to take their ideas from our challenges and explorer programs and bring them to life as social enterprises.

Young Change Agents is a social enterprise ourselves - meaning we exist to provide equitable access to social enterprise education for all youth. We run programs for all young people not just those in schools. We partner with juvenile justice detention centres, Police Youth and Community Clubs, and other organisations to provide our programs to young people across Australia.

Explorer 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 - Youth Incubator program

Students are empowered to bring their ideas to life with mentoring and masterclasses. This is a youth focused program that mirrors adult-based incubator programs in content and style. We also provide opportunities for young people to build their prototypes and crowdfund to launch their enterprise.



Design Challenges

We run design thinking challenges for young people that focus on a specific theme and take students through empathy, ideation, validation and prototyping. We also run quarterly nation-wide design challenges that young people can enter as individuals or with a team.

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. We have a series of different programs that empower teachers to deliver entrepreneurship education in their schools.



Testimonials

"What I saw today was five teams who communicated ideas 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 community. 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 social consciousness 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 social consciousness 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 leaving with the reality that I can.”

Youth Participant

“The program is the perfect combination of innovation and empowerment for young people. It gives them 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