Challenge to make a difference
Auckland’s budding entrepreneurs are being offered a chance to compete against each other to create real social change, both in New Zealand and overseas.
The Social Enterprise Competition is run by the P3 Foundation, a youth-led development organisation focused on stamping out poverty.
Students from years 11, 12 and 13 are challenged to identify specific social issues relating to the United Nations eight Millennium Development Goals.
These range from providing universal education to stamping out extreme hunger and poverty.
Teams of four students then come up with a practical solution with help from a mentor.
Last year’s winners, ‘‘ Lunches 4 Less’’, came up with a programme to teach kids to make cheap, healthy lunches, which was recently introduced in Kingston Primary School in East Mangere.
A Lunches 4 Less participant says the competition allowed them to start with issues close to home.
‘‘The families in our community inspired us to make a change. As young primary school kids, L4L would definitely have helped not only ourselves, but our families too.’’
This year’s regional winners will go on to the Social Enterprise Competition national finals conference, where they can win up to $1500 to implement their idea.