New Economy Enterprise Curriculum for VCAL
The Youth Enterprise Hub, its pilot schools and local communities are very excited about this VCAL course being delivered to VCAL students in 2021.
The New Economy Enterprise Curriculum was co-created and developed in 2019 and early 2020 with local innovators and teachers for VCAL students in Year 11 at the Intermediate Level. It is a systemic response to enable teachers, local councils, innovators and young people to research, create and develop social and environmental innovations for their local community. This is especially relevant for young people in a post COVID environment and has the potential to directly contribute to the reinvention of Melbourne’s inner north.
The Youth Enterprise Hub, its pilot schools, mentors and local community delivered the New Economy Enterprise Course on-line and during lockdown in 2021. VCAL students from Year 11 and 12 from Foundation to Senior level participated.
Semester 1 – The Young Changemakers Program in partnership with the Inner Northern Community Foundation
Students identified their social and environmental issues of concern within their community. Bianca Maciel Pizzorno, Grants Manager of INCF sought out community organizations who were developing innovations around those issues. Courtesy of Bendigo Community Bank, Fitzroy/Clifton Hill Branch and the Ecstra Foundation, students were able to grant funds for their preferred innovation.
Semester 2 - The Micro-Enterprise Unit in partnership with the Vocational Mentoring Exchange
The students then moved onto the Micro-Enterprise Unit in collaboration with INLLEN’s Vocational Mentoring Exchange. Mentors were assigned to schools and student team self selected their mentors based on their business idea. Over two terms, students worked intensively with teachers and their mentors, on-line. The results of their business idea can be seen on the Hub Student Pitch Event on the YouTube Channel below:
The course covers the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authorities Personal Development Skills in Units 1 and 2 and Work Related Skills in Unit 2.
“Who Am I? Self as Leader”; “Collaborative Leadership” and “Systemic Leadership”. This component of the course enables students to deeply consider their individual purpose and passion.
Partnerships with local community organisations and enterprises mean that students begin to see different ways that people are change agents while becoming self-employed and/or employing others.
A central partnership with the Inner North Community Foundation and their Young Changemakers program has students identifying issues of concern in the community and in collaboration with Bendigo Bank, becoming philanthropists as community organisations pitch their innovations to students for funds.
Structured Workplace Learning opportunities within a sustainable business and industry or social enterprise to learn more about the organisation. The course also invites both students and organisational leaders to propose and test new innovations.
The students participate in social enterprise tours of the inner north to learn about the ways young entrepreneurs are developing their purpose and passion through social enterprises that deliver unique, environmentally responsible services and products. Then, in small groups, students begin to develop and test their own ideas with the guidance of New Economy mentors.
The Youth Enterprise Hub is currently researching “transition” points for students who wish to further develop their innovations and enterprises in their local community and beyond.
We would like to gratefully acknowledge Raffaela Galati-Brown, Principal at Northern College of Arts and Technology, and Marcus Newman, VET Creative and Digital Media Trainer, NCAT and NCAT students for their dedicated filming and photography of YEH’s work.