$120K available for young social entrepreneurs

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Friday, September 4, 2015

New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is encouraging local youth with bright ideas to apply for a share of the $120,000 Opportunity for Young People fund.

“The funding will be awarded to youth with clever and achievable ideas that will make a social or environmental difference.

“By working on projects they have designed, young people develop valuable decision-making skills and confidence.

“To qualify for support, the applicant must be aged between 12 – 24 years and have a social enterprise idea they want to make a reality,” Jonathan Young says.

The panel will award funding based on the innovation, viability, potential for growth and social impact of the project, while also considering value for money.

“This fund inspires youth to apply a commercial approach to solving social or environmental challenges, a way of thinking vital to the future of New Zealand.

“Young people who solve community problems with innovative and entrepreneurial thinking are well placed for future leadership,” Young says.

The Opportunities for Young People funding comes from the $2 million Government Youth Enterprise Fund launched in December last year.

Interest for this round of funding must be registered by 20 October 2015. More information about the Opportunities for Young People Fund is available here.