Lighting the Spark in our Future Leaders

Young Change Agents, in partnership with proud Larrakia woman Nicole Brown, conducted a multi-stage codesign process over 12 months with over 200 youth and stakeholder voices across country, culture, education and employment. Our aim was to discover if Indigenous youth have an interest in entrepreneurship, what support they feel they need to engage in entrepreneurship and what sorts of ventures they are interested in starting.

We found Indigenous youth play a central role as the future custodians of culture, community and employment opportunity. This is why self-determined entrepreneurship is so critical. Together, we propose six takeaways that decision makers can act on, and six success factors that will set Indigenous youth up to thrive in business.




"Really insightful report particularly because I work in the youth space. I have seen a few codesigns around Darwin. This is one of the best ones I have seen." Jye Cardona - Program Coordinator, Don Dale and Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre.

"It’s never been more important to give young Aboriginal people hope. This report captures their thoughts and dreams and confirms co-designed programs that spark Indigenous youth entrepreneurship are needed for our young people and our nations to thrive.” Vanessa Hounsell, proud Wiradjuri woman and Senior Advisor Indigenous Affairs, Telstra.

"There have been many reports published on how to close the gap on disadvantage for our First Nations people. This report, Lighting the Spark, is both different and important. Nicole Brown, a proud Larrakia woman, has worked with Young Change Agents to discover the opinions, aspirations and future plans of Aboriginal youth themselves. At a time a global pandemic has stoked fear and uncertainty the report turns to hope and optimism for future generations of Aboriginal leaders." The Hon. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister Northern Territory.


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