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YouthCafe

For young people who are in the middle of job seeking and may be suffering from isolation in front of their computers, YouthCafe is a bi-weekly meetup where young people in similar situations can get together and work on projects or share stories.

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*UPDATE*
If you're between 18 and 25, come join the first YouthCafe in London on Sept 26. We'll be a few inspirational speakers and a mini-workshop to kickstart things:
http://www.meetup.com/YouthCafe/events/82116972/

For young people who are in the middle of job seeking and may be suffering from isolation in front of their computers, YouthCafe is a bi-weekly meetup where young people in similar situations can get together and work on projects or share stories.

YouthCafe is held in a workshop format, to encourage participants to work towards a common goal and build something to perhaps show off in their portfolios. Groups could work on local projects, or even on OpenIDEO challenges.

Meetups can be held in local cafes or sponsored by businesses who could also facilitate.

YouthCafe is distributed as an open source kit, to be taken up by any community globally. The kit comprises of suggested activities, workshop formats, agendas and access to the online platform where organisers can discuss their learnings and in turn, refine the tools.

How will your concept support young people as they transition into the world of work?

This concept is targeted at young people who are motivated to initiate projects and just need a structure to do something.

It offers the opportunity to network with peers, with local professionals and to create portfolio work to show to potential employers.

What online or in-person components of your concept will best support this transition?

The event is primarily offline while organisers can communicate online.

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I think Youth Cafe could be used as a incubator or meeting place to get young startups going. The most challenging part is to get the awareness going.

Because it's a cafe at a physical location, you'll need to reach out to students living in a particular area. It's not easy to reach out to them unless you really know who they are.

That's a massive lot of effort required to inform schools what youth cafe is all about but if I were a school, I would probably be more inclined to build my own youth cafe within the school compound for safety and convenience issues.


Edmund Ng
http://www.CeoConnectz.com

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