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Young Change Agents

Date: March 5, 2018     Posted by: Kirby Chandler

Recently, several of our Emmaus College students attended the Young Change Agents event at Rockhampton State High School.

Young Change Agents is a social entrepreneurship program for 10-18 year olds that helps our youth see problems as opportunities.

The program provides participants with tools to think creatively and critically whilst empowering them to believe that they are good enough to be leaders and world changers.

One of our teams, including Annika Phelan, Brady Acutt, Van Dang, and Vincent Ramirez, came up with a realistic business proposal to run a series of community fitness workshops.

The idea was pitched to have a fitness apparel line partially sponsor the workshops.

The purpose of the business proposal is to combat obesity levels in the Rockhampton region.

Our other team, comprised of students Adelaide Lapere, Ciaran Toman, and Stephanie O’Brien, came up with a line of gender neutral toiletries and cosmetics.

This proposal was aimed at challenging unnecessary gender stereotypes in product marketing.

This team won the overall prize for the Young Change Agents event!

Furthermore, Ms. Daena Scheuber was on of the staff member that assisted the group and was thrilled with the results.

“The thing that impressed me most was the independent learning that the students exhibited,” Ms. Scheuber said.

“When they wanted to establish costs, the students identified their market in addition to arranging quotations without any prompting from organisers.

“All of the students spent time at home doing further research, planning, and preparation.

“The students presented proposals that were polished and professional.

“We were also impressed that students took it upon themselves to meet other students, offer support and clean up after lunch.

“It was good to see that our culture carries on outside the school,” Ms. Scheuber said.

Finally, a special thanks to Lynda Nicholson for providing her assistance and support to the students across the three days.

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