[Sub ID 4827] Entrepreneurship skills for young people (Lissa Barnum)

Submission ID: 4827
Contact name: Mrs Lissa Barnum
State: NSW
Contact email: lissabarnum@peopleness.com.au
Contact number: 0404266715

About the submitter:
Teacher, mentor, academic, mum. Born in Mexico City, run a social good design company dedicated to community issues.

Which priority group of the Try, Test and Learn Fund does your idea support?
Young students at risk of long-term unemployment

What need or issue are you trying to address?

Young people make up an overwhelming 13.5% of Australian unemployment. Of significance are those whom of no fault of their own live on the street or for some reason are otherwise marginalised. This equates to approx. 26,238 vulnerable young people between the ages of 12-24 yrs. Given the governments push to become economically viable, it’s imperative to get young Australians working – less stress on services and less strain on the economic purse. Why then, not give each young Australian, disadvantaged or otherwise, the knowledge, confidence and autonomy to build their own business – be their own job creator, not just a seeker.

What is your idea?
An engaging 12 week program for vulnerable youth, designed to encourage job creation – giving each participant the confidence and skills to devise their own business opportunity.

Matched with a mentor, each young person works alongside a real life ‘guide’ following the completion of the first ‘learn by making’ 8 weeks.

Flexible, the framework is designed to be tailored to any wrap-around service i.e. Y Foundations, Phoenix House, Youth of the Streets, or any school or community. Through collaborative (co-design) it is created to suit the users specific cultural contexts, challenges and/or sensitivities.