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Talks underway to establish ‘Youth Incubator’ in Rockhampton

Talks underway to establish ‘Youth Incubator’ in Rockhampton

Published:01 February 2018

Talks have been underway to establish a 'Youth Incubator' in Rockhampton.

A Young Change Agents (YCA) Youth Incubator based at Rockhampton’s Smart Hub would be a valuable addition to resources encouraging local teens to become ‘self-starters’ in the job market.

That’s according to CQUniversity Business lecturer Jim Callan who was among local stakeholders at this week’s meeting with YCA CEO Margaret O’Brien, at the Rockhampton Regional Council Smart Hub in Quay Street on Wednesday morning.

Young Change Agents is a social entrepreneurship program for students aged 10 to 18 that helps our youth see problems as opportunities. It provides them with the tools to think creatively, build skills in critical thinking and communication and empowers them to believe that they are good enough to be entrepreneurs, leaders and world-class changemakers.

Mr Callan says that YCA will run ‘hackathon-style’ social entrepreneurship workshops with local teachers and students, with the first to be held from February 14-16.

Teachers can then access eLearning materials and resources with the view to running additional sessions with the support of YCA.

Rockhampton State High School is the lead school with other participants including North Rockhampton State High School, Emmaus College, and Glenmore State High School.

Selected school teams will have a chance to attend a second-stage ‘youth incubator’ program over a three-month period, badged as YINC (Young Change Agents Inc).

CQUniversity is a key stakeholder in the Smart Hub and was the first university in Australia inducted as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and builds on Ashoka’s vision for a world where everyone is a Changemaker.