student accelerator

The Youth For Causes Student Accelerator program is designed to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills to make the change they want to see in the world.

Students are opened up to the world of social enterprise through a curriculum designed to inspire innovative thought around making a social impact in one of five chosen areas. By the end of the program, students have the opportunity to launch their enterprise ideas and create real change from what they’ve taken from the program.

We’re about ensuring young people are future ready for the constantly evolving 21st century workforce and backing the next generation of changemakers.





The Student Accelerator provides annual access to the Youth For Causes program that runs from June onwards. The curriculum is designed to be run in schools and communities by an educator/youth worker with the support and services of YMCA. 

The train the trainer program starts with a one day learning workshop to develop skills in social enterprise education and facilitation. Following on, you can access online learning modules mapped to cirriculum that inspire thought around building an enterprise, with the support of coaching along the way.

You can see the incredible work of the young entrepreneurs that have progressed through the program on our alumni page.


  • Three vibrant events throughout the year including a launchpad bootcamp, pitch fest, and showcase celebration
  • A challenge kit detailing a chosen issue to tackle using innovative business learnings
  • Curriculum-aligned online modules focussed on developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Access and support in crowdfunding to get ideas of the ground
  • Access to YMCA support and staff expertise
  • Invaluable opportunities to gain practical skills and experience to apply to both the task at hand and in all future entrepreneurial endeavours


An investment of $250 is associated with having 25 students enrolled in the program, with options to scale at an extra cost. This covers a licencing fee to access cirriculum content for the duration of the program.

The Teacher Professional Learning course is a one day workshop required to initiate the program, which costs an additional $250.

YMCA can provide additional support and facilitation services if necessary at an extra cost.

“When Ella, Courtney, Eve, Isabella, Mia and Sarah contacted me about their fundraising idea, I was blown away by their enthusiasm, maturity and desire to do something to help prevent youth homelessness.

The girls were genuinely interested in learning about the work we do at Kids Under Cover and Ella was very responsive whenever I made contact with her about the project, an absolute pleasure to work alongside.

It’s not surprising that their project was such a success, all six of the girls involved in producing and selling the Sheltered Lip Balms were more than capable, knowledgeable and possess the required get up and go to succeed. We were delighted to hear that they raised over $4,500 for our organisation and just as impressed with their determination and drive.  Well done to everyone involved in the Youth For Causes Program, this is truly a wonderful opportunity for both the students and their chosen charities.


Kids Under Cover

“The enthusiasm and energy of the students was so inspiring. To see and hear high school students believe in our work as passionately as we do is incredibly galvanising for us. As young people ourselves, we love working with other young people and sharing knowledge and experiences, and this program has created an ideal space in which to facilitate that exchange. YMCA has created an incredibly unique and important program – instilling confidence in the next generation that they have the skills, the resources and the wisdom to create meaningful change in their own communities”

“The level of commitment has been completely manageable. I have asked a member of my team, Ashley Wild, to be the liaison for the students and he is excited to have them in the office next week”.


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