The Young Changemakers Program was established by the Inner North Community Foundation and the Community Bank Clifton Hill – North Fitzroy 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.
With several of our partners, we launched a program in 2020/21 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 2022, students undertook research and analysis of the organisations supporting vulnerable communities who have been impacted by Covid-19. Students made recommendations to distribute a total of $45,000 to 9 eligible organisations.