Methodologies to turn young people into social entrepreneurs

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Methodologies to turn young people into social entrepreneurs

  1. 1. Methodologies to turn young people into social entrepreneurs Matt Kepple Chairman The Commission for Youth Social Enterprise 1/9/2011 / MEXICO CITY / BUILDING POTENTIAL [email_address]
  2. 2. MY STORY
  3. 7. Modelling Agency Beginning as a Fairtrade volunteer Wanting to create a show and being rejected
  4. 9. Keeping volunteers motivated Sponsors coming unsolicited Not having too much on The need for “Groupreneurship”
  5. 10. YTFN – an innovative event raising ‘pivotal’ funds for small charities run by young people, Decisions by committee Advisory Board Culture for free, e.g. poetry
  6. 12. Working respectfully with people with different perspectives. Perseverance
  7. 14. “ NO ONE CAN DO YOU BETTER THAN YOU”
  8. 15. THE BENEFITS Where social enterprise has taken me Clients / Investors / Supporters / Employers / Partners
  9. 16. What exists today in the UK <ul><li>Young Enterprise – school children start a company </li></ul><ul><li>School for Social Entrepreneurs – 18-30 year olds get help for 1 year with their idea </li></ul><ul><li>Student Hubs – university students can find volunteering and social enterprise opportunities near them </li></ul>
  10. 17. What exists today in the UK <ul><li>NACUE – university students can create groups at their university to promote entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Competitions where young people win money and recognition for their social enterprise ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Horsesmouth.co.uk – where young people can find business mentors to give them advice via the internet for free </li></ul>
  11. 18. Practical Steps You Can Take <ul><li>Let young people mix their PERSONAL ambitions with their SOCIAL ambitions </li></ul><ul><li>Let young people LEARN FROM EACH OTHER </li></ul><ul><li>Youth-run youth activities </li></ul><ul><li>Youth-led entrepreneur support services </li></ul><ul><li>Projects before Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Do a pilot first </li></ul><ul><li>Promote competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Group Entrepreneurship </li></ul>
  12. 19. 1. SOCIAL AMBITION AND PERSONAL AMBITION <ul><li>The Opportunity: </li></ul><ul><li>Use advertising and marketing to get different types of people to engage </li></ul>
  13. 20. 2. PEER LEARNING <ul><li>Traditional teaching of skills – like in schools – does not work best </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: </li></ul><ul><li>Instead let young people learn from other young people who have done that project before </li></ul>
  14. 21. 3. YOUTH-RUN YOUTH ACTIVITIES <ul><li>Entrepreneurial skills are learnt and passed on peer-to-peer when young people run their own projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Help the young leaders turn their passions and ideas into sustainable ideas </li></ul>
  15. 22. 4. YOUTH-LED SUPPORT SERVICES <ul><li>Funders recognise that new approaches are required and what youth at a leadership level </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: </li></ul><ul><li>Let young social entrepreneurs HELP you. </li></ul><ul><li>This might mean doing things differently </li></ul>
  16. 23. 5. PROJECTS <ul><li>Sometimes it’s a project and not a business </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage any examples of social and personal ambitions coming together, e.g. in an event such as a fashion show </li></ul>
  17. 24. 6. PILOT <ul><li>Learning by doing is NATURAL and often successful </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity : </li></ul><ul><li>Tell young people to just do it! </li></ul>
  18. 25. 7. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE <ul><li>Not all social entrepreneurs start out wanting to make a social change </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity: </li></ul><ul><li>Show young entrepreneurs how they can create competitive advantage by having a social impact </li></ul>
  19. 26. 8. ‘GROUP ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ <ul><li>It is easy for young people to get overwhelmed by the difficulty of running a business – especially as many have poor education and are onluy driven by their passion. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people to make their ideas happen WITH THEIR FRIENDS. </li></ul>
  20. 27. Methodologies to turn young people into social entrepreneurs Matt Kepple Chairman The Commission for Youth Social Enterprise 1/9/2011 / MEXICO CITY / BUILDING POTENTIAL [email_address] If you want a copy of this presentation send me an email

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