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We’re all getting back into gear with the New Year, and most are hopeful looking ahead – we definitely are at illuminate Education. With 25 challenges already locked in for 2019 and quite a few still under discussion, we’re excited about the amount of young people we’re going to reach this year. But beyond that, we’re also seeing the impact of the focus on the changing skills our young people need.

Our last program for 2018 was at Footscray City College in the heart of Melbourne, where all of the Year 9 students wrapped up their academic year with our program. On the final day we did our review where we unpack everything the students have done over the challenge to help them reflect on the incredible things they have done – and when asking students on what we could improve, an interesting situation arose.

One of the students honestly asked why everyone in the year was doing the challenge was learning how to start their own business when not everyone will do that. It’s a conversation we often have – but for the first time, we didn’t really have to say a word! Instead, students from across the room started to give their perspectives on why it was important;

This can go on your resume because these are the skills people are looking for…
These are employability skills that will get you anywhere…
This won’t just help you for work, but for school and even uni…
This helps us be ready for the future…

So not only are we passionate about providing these skills along with our partner organisations and schools in delivering our challenge – but we’re also seeing that the youth we’re impacting (and running through a pretty tough week!) are seeing these skills are critical to open the doors for their future.

It’s exciting when even the students see the impact – and it’s what is getting us ready for a massive 2019!

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