Young people have big ideas
The youth of today are not lazy or tech dependant. They know their minds, use technology to create independence and have plenty of ideas about the future.
But there’s a problem
Young people are stressed out, anxious about their lives and need supportive friends to be open and creative with. They have few opportunities to interact with and learn from a wider variety of adults, so when they need to make a career choice they don't have much to go on.
True, there are plenty of YouTube videos about how to do things but fewer and fewer parents actually doing them in their back yards or sheds because they are too busy working to pay the bills. This means young people have less possibility for invention and hands on learning. And it is impossible to ask YouTube questions when you are in the middle of a project and get into a bind.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
This Spark Tank event enables young people to bring their ideas to life. They form teams and include at least one person they know that is going through a hard time. Working together they create their business pitch for the Spark Tank event.
Everyone who enters receives professional advice on their idea from our "Sparks" who are successful business entrepreneurs. Winners for each pitch receive a 10-week mentorship with a Spark expert to progress their ideas, and hundreds, or even thousands of dollars of funding to finance their project.
You can support their dreams
Every penny we raise in this campaign goes toward the Spark Tank event being held in Newport on September 12, 2019. So the more we raise, the more we can give away to the young people to make their dreams a reality.
About Share the Spark
Our ongoing micro-mentoring programs at Share the Spark match young people up with professionals, usually in their work environment. Youth between the ages of 8 - 23 who feel they would benefit by spending time with someone who is passionate about what they do, can sign up anytime on our website to participate.
Our programs allow young people to experiment and choose who they would like to spend time with, and for how long. This flexible approach encourages interactions with many different professionals over time so they gain real life experience in the careers they explore, and increase their personal confidence, resilience and spark for life. For more information visit our website at www.sharethespark.org.au.