Reducing food waste and providing work experience opportunities with a community focus.
Reducing food wastage and supporting the development of disadvantaged youth.
Fortunate Food co. aims to alleviate food wastage by transforming surplus off-spec fruits into delicious chutneys while supporting the development of disadvantaged youths to empower them to become future leaders. The project challenges individuals to view the food system with a new perspective by dispelling common misconceptions around off-spec produce, particularly in a world of increasingly scarce resources. Ultimately, the vision is to give back to the community by upskilling disadvantaged youth through workshops and paid work experience.
Currently, Fortunate Food Co. is running a crowdfunding campaign which aims to raise $3,500 so that two disadvantaged youths can be employed, allowing us to empower and educate them. They will be involved in expanding our operations so that we can rescue more off-spec produce. In return, we will teach them the skills they need to build and develop relationships with each other, their families, and communities.
We are also working closely with Our Big Kitchen, a community kitchen in Bondi, to involve disadvantaged youth in our production processes. We are currently training two Our Big Kitchen Interns to become supervisors, with the aim of having them run our cooking sessions on a fortnightly basis in 2018.
Crowdfunding campaign: https://startsomegood.com/investing-in-our-youths-future
Linking refugees and asylum seekers with partnered cafes to ensure they receive local work experience and develop valuable customer service skills.
The Bean Community is a social enterprise that empowers refugees and asylum seekers by developing their social skills and connecting them to employment opportunities. Working in conjunction with refugee and asylum seeker community organisations, we place candidates in four week work placements at corporate cafes, where they are able to rebuild their confidence, find purpose and work towards restarting their lives in Australia.
We are currently looking to place two candidates in our partner cafes before the end of 2017. We have interviewed several candidates in order to identify who would be best suited towards the placements and are liaising with cafe managers to determine whether these candidates are suitable for cafe needs.
We are looking to make changes to the program in the following areas:
As requested by Macquarie as well as other potential partners, we are looking to implement a two day training program consisting of interpersonal skill training and a cafe visit. We hope the training program is able to up skill a greater number of refugees and asylum seekers and also help us identify potential candidates for the placement program.
- Structure of placement process
To minimise the frequent delays to placing our candidates, our team is working on minimising the inefficiencies of each stage and setting in target deadlines for each set of the program. Further, we have begun streamlining the administration of the placement program in the recruitment stage, through use of a questionnaire form and creation of a database.
Upskilling prisoners and providing them with meaningful and sustainable employment when they are released.
Team Recode aims to develop a social enterprise that eases the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners into society by equipping them with suitable entrepreneurial skillsets. In doing so, we hope to eliminate the ubiquitous issues of unemployment and lowered self-confidence which often leads to prisoners reoffending. Ultimately, we envision a world where individuals are provided with a second chance to fulfil their potential.
Empowering the women of Soibada to improve their menstrual health and hygiene through reusable sanitary kits.
The Timor Leste project aims to address the overall menstrual health and wellbeing of the women in Soibada, a rural town in Timor Leste, by teaching the community the necessary skills to produce reusable sanitary kits. Ultimately, our goal is to empower the community with the necessary skills and resources to sustainably reproduce these sanitary kits for personal use and resale, with the vision of spreading general awareness amongst the Timorese community about the importance of addressing and maintaining proper menstrual health and hygiene.
Currently, the Timor-Leste team has just finished its first prototype of the pad. Working with R&D researcher at Johnsons & Johnsons over the next few weeks, the team aims to continue to iterate and test the design of the pad so that it is both biodegradable and able to be manufactured by women in Timor-Leste.
Empowering youths and adolescents who have been affected by cancer to achieve their educational & professional aspirations.
Open Door Learning empowers youth affected by chronic illness by providing academic support and career mentoring to those transitioning back to school or the workforce. The tailored support programs assist students in pursuing their personal and professional aspirations and aims to equip them with the skills and confidence needed to reach their potential.
Open Door Learning has recently launched a small-scale pilot with two year 12 students to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational support program. The students are those returning to schooling after a long period of absence and will meet with mentors for regular classes over a four-week period. Classes are tailored to the individual needs of each student and are aimed at assisting the students to catch up to their peers. The pilot is expected to conclude by the end of the 2017 school year with the subsequent feedback forming the basis for the full launch of the program in early 2018.
Reduce, Transform and Empower
Uplift aims to engage and empower homeless youth by providing them with the resources and opportunities to realise their full potential, and flourish in life. We aim to provide creative programs for young people as a means to engage them, to nurture creativity and potential, and to provide an outlet for them that may otherwise involve harmful coping mechanisms.
We source resources for our program, including local artists to run the workshop as well as materials that can be reused or recycled.
Our workshops engage, providing outlets for artistic expression and at the same time, a supportive environment for these young people who are going through a time of challenging transition and instability.
We do this by empowering these young people – we take the products of these creative workshops to markets and distribute the profits back to the creators.
We have reached out to over 50 organisations, from sourcers of paint, local artists and to charities and non-profits servicing disadvantaged young people. We are currently piloting our model and have engaged several partners:
- Goldstein College and the residential community at UNSW – we have implemented a clothing drive to source unbranded apparel to form our canvasses.
- We will also be trialling a full scale workshop with approx 12 disadvantaged youths from Project Youth located in Miranda in December 2017.
We are currently securing partnerships with other youth organisations in Sydney as well as painting and printing services.
The BusinessONE Program provides the opportunity for students from a variety of disciplines to work together and deliver business consulting, IT and design services to real businesses.
BusinessONE was a pro bono student consultancy service that provided strategic support to social entrepreneurs in the critical growth stages of their business. Our consulting engagement directly empowered social entrepreneurs with technical knowledge and practical business skills which they use to create direct impact for their local communities.
Providing computer literacy training to communities at risk of social isolation, closing the knowledge gap and reducing e-waste.
E-Reuse successfully reduced e-waste through preventing usable computers going to landfill, refurbishing them and making them available to disadvantaged communities at affordable prices, whilst bridging the digital divide. Additionally, the project addressed the issue of social isolation amongst the elderly by educating older Australians about the internet and connective technologies.