The inaugural Southwest Change Makers Festival will happen in Bunbury on Saturday April 14, aimed at young people between 15 - 25.
The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will host the free event, which is unique to WA, giving participants the opportunity to develop a creative idea from start to finish.
BREC’s Marketing Manager, Jo Semmens, said BREC is excited about Change Makers.
“What is unique about the Change Makers festival is that it is not about a school, university or a corporate entity, so it can be 100% shaped to suit each individual participant. We want to give young people in the South West the opportunity to get their ideas off the ground, without any other agenda,” she said.
“Change Makers is here to empower young people to have the confidence to go forward with their ideas, whilst giving them the support to help make their local community, and potentially the world, a better place for all,” Jo added.
Change Makers is made possible with the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, as well as generous support from the South West Commission, The Department of Local Government and Community and the City of Bunbury.
The half day conference's keynote speaker will be Simon Griffiths, CEO from Melbourne start-up, Who Gives a Crap. Other presenters include young local entrepreneurs Jordan Gianfrancesco, Sash Milne, Kelsie Miller and Andrew Frazer.
Andrew Frazer from Six Two Three Zero says Change Makers is a wonderful opportunity for young Southwest people.
“I am thrilled we will be able to equip a group of passionate young people in our community with the skills and means to achieve what is brewing deep in their gut.
“It will be brilliant to see these young people come to the conference and journey through our mentorship program and come out the other end with a tangible plan to create change. “The sky is the limit for these young people,” he said.
Attendees can then apply for the 10-week mentorship program to help bring their idea to life after the conference.
“It was important to us that we enable action with these young people following the conference,” Jo Semmens said. “That is why we are kicking off with a half –day conference to inspire and have partnered it with a 10-week mentorship opportunity, with our amazing speakers.
“Good things take time and we want to give these young people as much opportunity as possible for success.
“We can’t wait for the results this program will bring. Young people are some of the most creative in our community and their potential to create real change is super exciting,” she said.
For more information about the Change Makers Festival or to register visit www.bunbury-changemakers.com.au.