A ground-breaking new initiative aimed at empowering young minds is coming to The Neighbourhood Hive, HBNC’s Learning and Innovation hub.

HBNC has partnered with Young Change Agents to train 10 local teachers, social workers and youth officers to bring the $20 Boss Program to the Fraser Coast.

The $20 Boss program, developed by Foundation for Young Australians, is an international entrepreneurial program for young people, helping them to gain the skills needed to develop a small business.

Run over 10 weeks from The Neighbourhood Hive’s newly established Hustle Hub, $20 Boss is open to 12 to 17-year-olds with curious and entrepreneurial minds, who want to turn their idea into the next big thing for the Fraser Coast.

A program for those 18 years and over will also be offered under HBNC’s Community Access Program (CAP).

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Tanya Stevenson, HBNC CEO, said the program would culminate in an opportunity to sell and promote wares at the inaugural Youth & Entrepreneurs Market, held at the November and December Food & Groove events.

“The Youth Entrepreneurs Hustle Hub is designed to foster a spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship among young individuals who aspire to become future business leaders,” Tanya said.

“The $20 Boss program provides participating young people with a $20 start-up fund to transform their unique business ideas into reality.

“The program not only helps them understand the basics of budgeting, marketing, and sales but also instils in them valuable life skills such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.”

Gena Davis, $20 Boss Facilitator, said the program had plenty to offer, to get young people started in the right direction.

“As part of the program, these young entrepreneurs will receive mentorship and guidance from experienced business professionals and mentors who are passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders,” Tanya said.

“This invaluable support system will nurture their ideas and help them overcome any challenges they may face during the process.”

The $20 Boss program run weekly on Monday afternoons, starting from August 14th.

Find out more and apply to get involved on our What's On page.

If you would like to support the development and growth of the Hustle Hub, donate online today.