Very exciting news!
I’ve been accepted as a “Youth Challenger” for the 2013 Grameen Global Social Business Summit to be held in Malaysia in early November!!!!! http://www.gsbs2013.com/home.html
I am beyond excited by this privilege and all the opportunities it presents.
“The Global Social Business Summit is the worldwide leading forum for social business to spread awareness of social business and to foster discussions and collaborations for new social business ventures”
The competition to be a Youth Challenger was open to all under 25 yr olds around the worlds and involved submitting your social business idea to help with youth unemployment in your country. Luckily for me, this is exactly what Milaana is doing!!! To sum up the problem Milaana is tackling:
- Youth unemployment in Australia rose from 20.6% in 2008 to 25.1% this June, equating to 67,300 unemployed youth.
- In our nations longest period of unbroken economic growth, this is unacceptable and at odds to the very low level of adult unemployment (5.5%).
- University attendance rates are at their highest historic levels but the prost graduate jobs are not there to match. This has resulted in an extremely high level of competition for graduate jobs.
- Work experience, most commonly through unpaid internships is now considered essential to gaining work after graduating. High demand means students are increasingly being exploited in these roles and positions are biased to well-connected students.
- Also relevant are the community-oriented organizations, which are struggling to engage with this generation and are an underutilized sources of placements.
- As there was no sufficient platform to facilitate the engagement between these two groups who have so much to offer each other, i created one! www.milaana.org!
So what does whirlwind opportunity to go to Malaysia entail? Well, the GSBS Young Challengers Meeting is a one day workshop for young leaders to discuss the concept of social business, network and develop own social business ideas.
The Young Challengers are also attending the Global Social Business Summit and will be asking questions to decision makers about the role of social business in their countries and societies. We will challenge political leaders from around the world, get together with CEOs from global corporations and meet Prof. Muhammad Yunus personally to discuss our vision for the future!!!!!!
I’m buzzing SO much right now, this opportunity is really beyond comprehension and I am so excited! It happens to coincide with Week 9 at university, but luckily i have very supportive Professors and as long as i put in the work now, should be able to pull it off!