The Weekly Round-Up

Run Dem Crew Youngers
This week saw the closing date for applications to become a leader of your own Run Dem Crew Youngers running crew. We’ll bring you more stories and videos from RDC Youngers in due course, and you can check out their blog here.  However, it’s never too late to make a positive change in the world around you – Live UnLtd is always looking to help people turn good ideas into actual life-changing projects. Check out the Summer of Great Ideas page for more info.

 

Project Destiny
Yesterday we posted a case study of Award Winner John Colley (pictured above), whose Project Destiny works with 11-17-year-olds in Rotherham to provide fun and safe events for them. “We didn’t just want to do an under-18s music event where people come along and dance,” says John. “Anyone can do that. We wanted to do something more, by getting them to create their own event.”

John’s inspiring story of how he turned his back on crime and became a Young Volunteer of the Year Award winner is a must-read for anyone with an interest in social entrepreneurship. Click here.

 

Twitter interview with Karl Belizaire
On Wednesday Youth Business International held a Twinterview using the hashtag #ybichat with our very own expert in social entrepreneurship, Karl Belizaire. Karl is Live UnLtd’s Development Manager for the South West region. You can read some of what he tweeted below.

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In the chat with @YouthBizInt, Karl was asked to define social entrepreneurship. “I think theres a growing interest for young people to explore entrepreneurship as a career option,” he tweeted. “For me social entrepreneurs are driven by social value rather than purely making profits. Social entrepreneurs are driven by a different set of values. They are motivated by a passion to make a difference.”

On the subject of mentoring, Karl said, “Finding a suitable mentor is useful at all stages of developing a social business. At start-up, such guidance is invaluable. Having a mentor to share ideas with, gain knowledge from and provide access to connections, can significantly increase success. Mentors can be found everywhere: family, friends, colleagues and through dedicated organisations that can assist locally.”

Karl went on to explain: “The key components of a mentor: someone you can learn from, you get on with, and who believes in what you do. It’s also important to establish clear objectives with your mentor, including what you want from the relationship.”

Another source of support and advice are peer-group mentors. “There is a lot of value in peer-group-mentors: other young entrepreneurs who are on the same journey as you.”

You can follow Karl’s insightful tweets at @khbelizaire.

 

In the news
Education and youth unemployment was in the news again this week, with a report by The Work Foundation criticising government’s approach to youth unemployment. You can read our news story here.

Another report, published by Financial Skills Partnership and Careers Academies UK, has also found that 17 and 18-year-old students often hold views about careers and how to progress which are simply not based on evidence. It claims that there is a lack of awareness of options, including a misunderstanding of university fees, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes. Read more, here.

 

Feel-good story of the week
An inspirational tale of the 9 Nanas whose secret baking spread happiness for 30 years before finally letting their families get involved to grow their enterprise. Since starting they have contributed nearly US$900,000 of happiness to their local community. Read all about it here.

 

Urban Fresh talent
Finally, on Wednesday we were sent a video by Award Winner Stanley Sangweme (whose recording name is ICEYStanley). Along with fellow mentor Parnell Kimani, he runs Urban Fresh music project in Coventry, which offers an introduction to music making and production. Look out for our full case study next week, but in the meantime enjoy Stanley’s video, featuring the talents of Josh and Rochelle.

We’re always sharing stories about people who are changing their world for the better. To keep updated you can follow us on Twitter, visit our Facebook Page, or see what we’re pinning to our board on Pinterest.

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