The Young Changemakers Program was established by the Inner North Community Foundation (the Foundation) and the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank in 2015 based on similar initiatives run by other community foundations across the globe. Further support from the Ecstra Foundation was received in 2020 to expand the program.
In 2020/21 The Foundation together with Inner Northern Local Learning Employment Network (INLLEN) have mapped out the the Young Changemakers Program to the VCAL curriculum (and thanks to the Geelong Foundation for their help in this!).
The program aims to provide leadership opportunities to young people to grow awareness of the role of financial literacy, learn about philanthropy and contribute to social issues that are important to them. This program runs over one semester, and aids VCAL teachers to support students to learn how to be philanthropists and grant makers.
In 2021, students will undertake research and analysis of the organisations supporting vulnerable communities whom have been impacted by Covid-19. The students of the Young Chanemakers Program will distribute a total of $90,000 to 18 eligible organisations. A minimum grant of $1,000 and maximum of $13,000 will be distributed to each successful charitable organisation.