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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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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:

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.

My Virtual Team

Ana Cecilia Santos Lydia Howland

Evaluation results

13 evaluations so far

1. IMPACT & REACH: How much impact and reach do you think this concept could have in helping young people transition into the world of work?

A great deal – something like this would really make a difference - 30.8%

A moderate amount – it’s certainly helpful but probably not a game-changer - 46.2%

Not very much – it’s unlikely to make a significant difference to young people seeking work - 23.1%

2. FEASIBILITY & RESOURCES: Thinking about the resources needed to implement this concept, how feasible will it be for your community to turn this concept into a reality? (Hint: when you think about resources, think: people, money, time, technology, infrastructure, partnerships and any other inputs for implementation)

Highly feasible – resources wouldn’t be an issue for my community if we tried to implement this - 38.5%

Moderately feasible – my community could do it if we could get find assistance with some of our resource constraints - 61.5%

Not feasible – it would be almost impossible for my community to implement this concept; it's just too resource-intensive - 0%

3. SUSTAINABILITY & LONGEVITY: Does this concept feel like it could be sustained as a project, business or movement over years rather than just months? Will continue to be relevant in future?

Yes – this concept has enough momentum to stand on its own two feet and remain relevant for years to come - 23.1%

Maybe – it’s not clear how long it would take for this concept to stand on its own feet or how it will continue to be but there’s reason to feel hopeful - 61.5%

No – this concept will have trouble sustaining itself in the long-run and probably won’t be as relevant in years to come - 15.4%

4. ORIGINALITY: How new or innovative is this idea? Are there many different versions of this concept out there already or is this something more disruptive and unique?

Very original – I’ve not seen anything else quite like it - 7.7%

Fairly original – there are similar things out there but this particular version brings a new element to the table - 84.6%

Unoriginal – there are already too many other concepts out there that are similar to this one - 7.7%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world - 23.1%

I liked it but preferred others - 53.8%

It didn't get me overly excited - 23.1%


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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

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