ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING YOUNG SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS Research and Experience with Young Social Entrepreneurs at the Commi...
COMMISSION FOR YOUTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE <ul><li>Our mission is to reach out and unleash the talents of people who can trans...
BIG BOOST (2005-2008) <ul><li>Supported 10,000 young people aged 11 – 25 to become social entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>...
SPORTS RELIEF (2007-2009) <ul><li>Supported 564 young people who used sport and recreation based activities to tackle soci...
BIG CHALLENGE (2008-2011) <ul><li>Youth-led program for young social entrepreneurs focused on one issue or topic each year...
SOME OF THE FINDINGS <ul><li>Individual growth in skills, confidence, and renewed interest in driving social change in the...
COMMISSION’S RESEARCH <ul><li>Research Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 volunteer researchers, 2 interns, 1 research assi...
DEBUNKING THE MYTH: YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING SOCIAL ACTION <ul><li>(Report pending publication June 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Key...
INFLUENCES <ul><li>What inspires you? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>85.5% Friend/peer(s) </li></ul><ul><li>81.3% F...
BARRIERS <ul><li>Barriers and Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>79.5% Lack of funding </li></ul><ul><li>66.7% Lack of time </li>...
BARRIERS <ul><li>Do you feel more comfortable working on a project… </li></ul><ul><li>67.1%  In a group with like minded i...
SUPPORT NEEDED <ul><li>Need help make connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections with others in their field and with  <...
FUTURE RESEARCH <ul><li>The ‘journey’ of the young social entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping the sector of support for...
CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>Nick Micinski </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Commission website </li></ul...
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  1. 1. ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING YOUNG SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS Research and Experience with Young Social Entrepreneurs at the Commission and UnLtd Nick Micinski Commission Coordinator
  2. 2. COMMISSION FOR YOUTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE <ul><li>Our mission is to reach out and unleash the talents of people who can transform the world in which they live – people we call social entrepreneurs. </li></ul><ul><li>£100m Millennium Awards Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Supported over 5000 start up social entrepreneurs from all ages and backgrounds </li></ul>UNLTD- THE FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS <ul><li>The Commission began in 2007 as a group of 21 young social entrepreneurs with their own successful businesses and organizations — all former Big Boost award winners — who wanted to make it easier for other young people to make change. </li></ul><ul><li>Three year (2008-2011) research project in partnership with UnLtd and DCSF asking: “How can society equip young people to make a lasting positive impact on their world?” </li></ul>
  3. 3. BIG BOOST (2005-2008) <ul><li>Supported 10,000 young people aged 11 – 25 to become social entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>11 to 16 year olds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards of £250 to £1,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group sizes of at least four young people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nominated advisor to lead their award and provide support to run their project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>16 to 25 year olds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards of £500 to £5000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals or small groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projects had to focus on one of the UK government’s ‘Every Child Matters’ objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>being healthy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>being safe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enjoying and achieving </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. SPORTS RELIEF (2007-2009) <ul><li>Supported 564 young people who used sport and recreation based activities to tackle social conflict and build social cohesion in their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the projects focused on tackling gang and knife culture, as well as ethnic and religious divides </li></ul><ul><li>11-21 year olds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£250-£5,000 awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual or group applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>entrepreneurial young people with great ideas and who want to make a difference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The program aimed to measure social cohesion four indicators: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belonging </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. BIG CHALLENGE (2008-2011) <ul><li>Youth-led program for young social entrepreneurs focused on one issue or topic each year </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Leadership Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set the topic of the challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short lists applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decided who gets awards and how big the award should be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PR and Outreach for events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>16-25 year olds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£60,000 awarded each year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual or group applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 projects in Year 1 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SOME OF THE FINDINGS <ul><li>Individual growth in skills, confidence, and renewed interest in driving social change in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Support must include both emotional and practical support </li></ul><ul><li>Significant ‘Just to be trusted’ with money </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer support and role models were important </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Development manager’ as model for support </li></ul>
  7. 7. COMMISSION’S RESEARCH <ul><li>Research Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 volunteer researchers, 2 interns, 1 research assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manchester and London </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Qualitative Interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 young people ages 16-25 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Survey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>353 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£10 incentives for those who complete the survey </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two in London </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Workshop </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manchester and London </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. DEBUNKING THE MYTH: YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING SOCIAL ACTION <ul><li>(Report pending publication June 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Key Research Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Myth of the ‘disengaged’ youth </li></ul><ul><li>Youth are not only interested in ‘youth’ issues </li></ul><ul><li>Youth in the UK are taking social action in a variety of ways – most popular were donating money, volunteering, and voting </li></ul>
  9. 9. INFLUENCES <ul><li>What inspires you? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>85.5% Friend/peer(s) </li></ul><ul><li>81.3% Family </li></ul><ul><li>60.2% Books </li></ul><ul><li>57.8% Music </li></ul><ul><li>48.4% Teacher(s) </li></ul><ul><li>46.5% Films </li></ul><ul><li>43.0% Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>35.2% Politicians </li></ul><ul><li>31.6% TV programmes </li></ul><ul><li>28.5% Money, money, money! </li></ul><ul><li>19.5% Food </li></ul><ul><li>18.4% Celebrities </li></ul><ul><li>0.4% Nothing inspires me </li></ul><ul><li>0.4% Don’t know </li></ul><ul><li>0.4% Unclear about question </li></ul>
  10. 10. BARRIERS <ul><li>Barriers and Obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>79.5% Lack of funding </li></ul><ul><li>66.7% Lack of time </li></ul><ul><li>55.8% Discrimination against youth </li></ul><ul><li>47.7% Lack of participants or volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>46.9% Confusing legal structures </li></ul><ul><li>36.8% Status quo (resistance to change) </li></ul><ul><li>25.2% Lack of skills and or knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>24.8% Restrictive regulations </li></ul><ul><li>20.9% Lack of inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>16.3% Discrimination against gender </li></ul><ul><li>12.4% Peer pressure </li></ul><ul><li>8.1% Discrimination against my race </li></ul><ul><li>3.5% Other (please specify) </li></ul><ul><li>1.6% I haven’t faced any barriers or obstacles! </li></ul><ul><li>1.2% Don’t know </li></ul>
  11. 11. BARRIERS <ul><li>Do you feel more comfortable working on a project… </li></ul><ul><li>67.1% In a group with like minded individuals </li></ul><ul><li>19.0% In a group with more experienced individuals </li></ul><ul><li>9.7% By yourself </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. SUPPORT NEEDED <ul><li>Need help make connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections with others in their field and with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections with people with expertise or resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mentors for emotional support </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Need for more time or time management support </li></ul><ul><li>Support with money or fundraising </li></ul>
  13. 13. FUTURE RESEARCH <ul><li>The ‘journey’ of the young social entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping the sector of support for young social entrepreneurs in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Explore connections between demographics and social action </li></ul>
  14. 14. CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>Nick Micinski </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Commission website </li></ul><ul><li>www.yse.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>UnLtd website </li></ul><ul><li>www.unltd.org.uk </li></ul>

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