Starting up the third edition of “Youth and Social Business”

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

After the great success of the past years, the third edition of “Youth and Social Business: becoming actors of change” has begun. The educational project is completely free for the participant institutes and it is supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia and Fondazione Un Raggio di Luce Onlus within the program “Pistoia Social Business City”. Youth and Social Business intends to offer the students attending the III°, IV° and V° years an innovative training experience by giving them the basic knowledge and instruments to get closer to the world of social entrepreneurship (Social Business).
The first part of the project will be carried on within the months of November 2014 and February 2015 and it will involve 14 classes, 280 students, of 5 high schools in the territory of Pistoia. During the first meeting, the experts of the Yunus Social Business Centre will introduce the classes to the concepts of Social Business and Microcredit; then the students will have the chance to meet a social entrepreneur of Pistoia, with the perspective of gathering from his testimony more awareness of what “social enterprise” means, considering the more practical and concrete aspects, too. During the second phase of the project, the students will analyze the social and environmental needs of the local territory and, working in groups and with the aid of the experts of the Centre, the students will fulfill a Social Business project aiming at the resolution of a social or environmental problem highlighted by the students. The ideas of Social Business developed during the meetings will participate to a contest that involves all the students participating in the training project. The selection phase will end with the nomination of the first 3 classified groups, that will be awarded during the final event that will take place in May 2015.
The goal that this initiative aims to achieve is to provide young students with basic notions about Microcredit and Social Business, but also to give the opportunity to be active subjects of the local developing dynamics, and to make them aware they might contribute for a better society. They might even be creating their own job with a form of self-entrepreneurship, maybe even by becoming a social entrepreneur!

The participant institutes:
– Istituto Tecnico Commerciale Filippo Pacini, Pistoia
– Liceo Economico Sociale Niccolò Forteguerri, Pistoia
– Istituto Professionale Luigi Einaudi, Pistoia
– Liceo Scientifico Coluccio Salutati, Montecatini Terme
– Istituto Tecnico Statale Francesco Marchi, Pescia

For further information:
Yunus Social Business Centre
Pistoia Social Business City Office
Via Abbi Pazienza n°1, Pistoia
Phone number: + 39 0573/27927
pistoia@sbflorence.org

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