Acre seeds young enterprise
BEECHWORTH-based Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship has presented awards to young people participating in its ‘Social enterprise in schools’ program across the North East.
The program helps to equip youngsters with learning skills for the future, trading for a purpose and donating profits to a cause about which they are passionate.
Recipients at the recent awards day in Old Beechworth Gaol included Porepunkah Primary School, at which year five and six students are bagging and marketing local cow poo to gardeners.
The students have raised more than $ 700 for the Ovens Valley Wildlife Shelter in Myrtleford.
Beechworth Honey’s Jodie Goldsworthy told participants from numerous schools who attended the awards day the story of her family’s beekeeping, honey production and marketing business.
The ACRE-Social Enterprise Academy Australia program is now in its second year and has been working with students in 18 schools from Wodonga to Porepunkah and Wangaratta.
ACRE program manager Peter Sacco said the awards day recognised the achievements of students and the entrepreneurial, leadership and global citizenship skills they had developed throughout the year.
“Setting up their social enterprises as market stalls (on the awards day) allows the primary and secondary students to explain what they have achieved and learned to other students, teachers, community members and special guests,” he said.
“It also gives them the opportunity to raise awareness of the social cause they are supporting.”
Beechworth’s St Joseph’s Primary School students are running town history tours as their social enterprise. Bright P-12 College and Whitfield Primary School students are also participating in the enterprise program.
The awards day was supported by the Beechworth and District Community Bank, Beechworth Rotary and Old Beechworth Gaol.