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Program hands students the keys to a positive future image

An Independent Evaluation Report of the Social Enterprise in Schools Program has been launched this week in Melbourne. The report, the result of a 12-month independent evaluation of six schools participating in the pilot program was launched by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and ACRE. As part of the program, students created, developed and ran their own businesses within their school and donated the profits to a social cause they were passionate about. Modelled on a highly successful initiative of the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) in Scotland, this program brings students, teachers, parents, local entrepreneurs and community leaders together to make a positive social impact. Commenting on the release of the report, ACRE CEO Matt Pflahert said: “This program puts young ...

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Students leading the way with social enterprise image

Students at St Josephs Primary School are now hosting historic tours of their town as part of their involvement in the Social Enterprise in Schools program – this is not only providing students with a hands-on experience of running a business but helping to create responsible citizens with a greater understanding of social justice and community. In 2016 these students worked together to develop the business plan and set up a system for  trialing the idea and this year will begin hosting tours on demand from schools visiting the area. Check out these lovely snaps of the students at work.

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Business is booming for ‘Whitty Workers Car Wash & Cafe’ gallery

As part of the Social Enterprise in Schools (SEiS) program in the North East, business is booming for the Whitty Workers Car Wash & Café.  Students at the Whitfield Primary School are one of eleven schools involved in the pilot program this year and have spent the last few months researching a suitable business idea and social cause that they can support. With the closest car wash over 50km away, students decided a car wash & café would benefit the community and could prove to be a viable business for the area. For 5 weeks now the business has been up and running, with money now in the bank and the profits allowing them to purchase new products for the business.  The students ...

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Enterprising students plan Myrrhee movie night image

  Myrrhee Primary School are one of our local schools participating in the Social Enterprise in Schools program. They are well on their way to creating their own social enterprise with a movie screening of ‘Oddball’ taking place this month. Through this project the students have taken on leadership roles and responsibilities as they work together to coordinate the event. The school is raising money for the local wildlife rescue as well as the Middle Island Maremma Project which the movie is based on. Being involved in this project is a great way of demonstrating to students what’s involved in the operation of a business, including developing skills in marketing and managing finances.    

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Social Enterprise in Schools workshop, Wodonga gallery

During April, ACRE along with Social Enterprise Academy delivered a Teacher training day in Wodonga for schools involved in the Social Enterprise in Schools Program (SEiS). The main focus of the workshop was to help: Teachers understand the key concepts and values of social enterprise Support young people to discover and develop entrepreneurial skills Gain vital skills and knowledge to set up a social enterprise in their school Use social enterprise to embed employability, leadership and core skills learning  for their students This workshop was facilitated by Jay Lamb and from Scotland who has over 28 years of experience in educational settings and is a team member of the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland. The learnings from the workshop will help the teachers of Wodonga ...

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