Wonthaggi Youth for Causes


Bass Coast Shire Council is supporting local students from Chisholm TAFE to undertake a social enterprise program, Youth for Causes.

Council has funded the program as part of its commitment to building youth leadership, and strengthening youth services.

Youth for Causes engages young people from across the state in a 7-month program that explores how to develop sustainable social enterprise businesses that give back to the community.

Students select an issue of importance or concern in their community and develop up a business or program that raises funds to support that cause.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield explained that Council is proud to support Youth for Causes as it exposes young people to a range of business models, ideas and issues in the community.

“It’s a great way to learn about business, while also considering ways to support youth,” Cr Rothfield said.

YMCA Youth Worker, Michael Feehan, has been working with the students and is excited about the skills students are learning.

“Students are taken through a step-by-step process of how to set up a social enterprise, from start to finish,” Mr Feehen said.

“Students then select an issue of importance to the community. Our students have chosen to address domestic and family violence.”

“They will develop a micro business to raise money towards supporting youth experiencing domestic violence.”

Students Rowan and Libbie explained that the program will aim to raise awareness in the community around the impacts of family and domestic violence.

“We want to encourage people to speak out and take action against domestic violence,” the students explained.

“We will create a program that will help young people access the support they need.”

While some research is undertaken locally, students predominantly develop their knowledge and skills by attending monthly workshops and excursions in Melbourne.

Youth for Causes participant, James, explained that the program exposes participants to a range of social enterprise models across Melbourne.

“We visited Friends of the Earth in Melbourne, which is a sustainable food cooperative,” James said.

“Friends of the Earth trains and employs homeless young people. It was very inspiring.”