Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is the program for?

While we know Youth For Causes creates whole-of-school change, Teachers are supported to identify 5 students from Year 9, 10 or 11 to participate in the workshops and lead the social enterprise.

It’s a huge opportunity, and the identified students must have the availability to attend all workshops, the self-motivation to ensure they complete tasks, and an ability to be contacted via email and phone for the duration of the program.

We encourage schools to adapt the program to their own purposes, and identify students that will grow the most from the experience.

What is the school commitment?

Schools take on the responsibility of enabling a staff member to be the key support Teacher and “cheerleader” for the students, and the advocate for the program within the school community. This teacher is responsible for identifying five core students from Year 9, 10 or 11 to participate in the program, supporting them to gain parental approval, complete necessary paperwork, report any challenges the group are facing, and encouraging their ongoing participation in and commitment to the program.

It is also expected that your school or organisation will provide venues for participants to meet to develop their projects and potentially venues for enterprise activities. Subject to the provisos below, the fundraising activities could even tie in with a schools or councils existing social programs and fundraising objectives.

While we encourage schools to support their students with allocated class time, teacher support and for some, even transportation to and from the workshops, we know that schools come in all shapes and sizes, and that this is not always possible. It is crucial that all schools address their capacity to provide this support within their application, as we will only take on teams where there is sufficient support to ensure the students ultimate success.

How does Youth For Causes fit within the school environment?

All our curriculum is mapped (or currently being mapped) to the Victorian and Australian curriculum.

Participating in Youth for Causes offers students the opportunity to engage with General Capabilities and Cross-Curricular priorities including: literacy, numeracy, ICT, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, intercultural understanding, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.

Schools take a variety of approaches to integrating Youth For Causes into the existing infrastructure, such as within student leadership programs; the SRC; student volunteering or community requirements; extra-curricular point systems; as well as within classroom based subjects like Industry and Enterprise, and Business Management.

Is there a financial investment?

Thanks to the MAI Foundation and YMCA Victoria, all 15 places in Youth For Causes are partially subsidised. A contribution of $4000 is asked for each participating team to ensure all elements of the program are able to run! 

Is there financial support available?

Yes! Every single team is already in a partially subsidised place thanks to the support of the MAI Foundation and YMCA Victoria. However, for those who need additional support we have funding for scholarship positions available. These will be allocated based on financial need, and the amount of support required should be outlined in your school’s application. 

What kind of causes can students raise money for?

Participating teams can select any Australian registered Not-For-Profit with a socially accepted cause so long as it is endorsed by your school, approved by the YMCA, and with an office in Melbourne.

Rather than ‘doing social impact’ themselves, students have an opportunity to work alongside experts in their fields within the Not-For-Profit sector. With the potential for student’s enterprises to existing only for the duration of the program, we feel that working alongside an existing NFP is the more responsible, effective and impactful way the students can go about creating change. We have a wide network of potential NFP partners for the students to choose from based on the cause they identify. While we encourage this to be entirely student-led, if an existing relationships exists between your school and a NFP partner we can discuss this further.

When will the NFP partner receive their funds?

Not-for-profit partner organisations can expect to receive the full profits of their Teams social enterprise by January 2019. This will be in the form of a cheque delivered by YMCA Victoria, with the exception of teams who have arranged EFT directly to their NFP partner’s account. This will largely depend on whether the students develop a cash-based enterprise or move towards creating their own account.

What happens after the program?

All workshops and Mentoring sessions will be completed before the Pop Up Showcase and Launch event on the 7th of September, giving students plenty of time to trade over the September holidays and Term 4. By the end of the school year, students need to have completed all sales from their initial seed funding, and money will be donated to their NFP partner.  

Teams may choose to continue their social enterprise, in which case they will receive support from YMCA to transition their relationship with their NFP to becoming independent (financially and operationally) of the YMCA. The ongoing nature of the partnership with the NFP organisation will determined by the School, the Team and NFP organization. YMCA Victoria will continue to offer support via monthly alumni newsletters, as well as via our community workshops and events, online resources and as part of our social entrepreneur in resident program. 

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