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Making change for change makers.


The 5-month Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region Program provides a unique opportunity for up to 14 individuals to gain the skills and networks needed to develop a social venture.

Thanks to funding from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia is working with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to provide support to communities in areas affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Communities are still recovering and need assistance towards community-strengthening and the creation of new opportunities for enterprise and economic and social renewal.

The five-month SSE Social Change 101 Program in the Alpine & Indigo region provides a unique opportunity for up to 14 individuals to gain the skills and networks needed to develop a social venture.

The 2016 Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region Program, which will run from July – November 2016, is designed for socially minded, entrepreneurial individuals looking to develop an idea or grow a social venture or those innovating from within an established organisation, including NGO managers and decision makers, who are looking to transform a specific program within their organisation.

SSE Australia is delivering the Program to support local change-makers to have a lasting and positive impact on their community. The learning-by-doing approach will engage a suite of leading experts over 12 program days to elevate social ventures or ideas to the next level.

[SSE Australia] accelerates your ability to grow and reach more people and amplifies the impact that you can have. – Lyndon Galea, Eat Up Australia

Applications have now closed

Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region will drive social change in the region to foster growth by the community, for the community.


How do I apply for Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region?

Applications have now closed.

Please note, the Social Change 101 Program will run from July – November 2016.

Where can I get more information?

You can contact our Student Services Team:

The Program offers:

  • A learning environment that is student-led, action-oriented and relevant to growing your venture.
  • Practical sessions with experienced social entrepreneurs and business people who will share with you their skills and knowledge on areas such as social impact, pitching, business planning, legal obligations and communications.
  • A dynamic network of fellow social entrepreneurs and support organisations from Alpine/Indigo region and across Australia to provide vital inspiration, encouragement and connections through the Program and beyond.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Program you must:

  • Have lived in the Alpine/Indigo region since at least 2009 and as such, been affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
  • Have an idea or business with a direct community benefit in Alpine/Indigo region or surrounding areas.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrate passion, drive and commitment to your venture, whether you are leading a new project or innovating from within an established organisation (private/public/community).
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness and ingenuity.
  • Be available for all 12 days of the Program in Alpine/Indigo region and some evening sessions.

Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region is best suited to students who:

  • Do not want a theoretical understanding of social enterprise – rather a first-hand learning Program.
  • Are willing to jump in and take action and considered risk to drive their social enterprise forward as they gain deeper knowledge through the Program.
  • Have financial and personal support networks noting that the next four months will mean putting in hard yards for the success of your new venture.
  • Have capacity to attend every session and can work one day each week outside of the dedicated Program times (that may mean time away from your current employment if you have a job) – this is compulsory in fairness to your venture and other students.

Program elements:

The Social Change 101 Program provides an opportunity for up to 14 local change-makers to learn from leaders in the local community and from top Australian businesses and social enterprise experts to gain the skills, knowledge and networks to bring their idea to life.

Our Program is made up of core face-to-face elements offered in 12 full days over a four-month period and a range of flexible elements tailored to your availability and that of others involved.

Throughout the Program you can seek feedback or specific guidance from your Program Facilitators. You will be allocated a mentor that will assist you to develop your business plan as well as a mid-point coaching session with your Learning Facilitator.

You will also be encouraged to be part of SSE’s private Facebook group to continue your conversations, idea sharing and support with your Facilitator and fellow students.

What qualifications do I need?

SSE Australia does not require applicants to have any specific qualifications. We ask only that you are enthusiastic, determined and committed – driven by your cause or project as much as driving it!

We are seeking people with an entrepreneurial mindset, who are committed to their mission and who understand the community they are aiming to serve.

What are the costs involved?

Program fees for the five-month Social Change 101 Alpine/Indigo Region have been subsidised by FRRR through the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. Students must still cover their travel to and from the Program.

What will be expected of me?

In addition to attending the 12 face-to-face Program days, some evening sessions and engaging with your mentor and fellow students, we expect that you will work on your venture at least one day per week.

You will need a good level of personal resilience. Our experience shows us that students put their passion and drive behind their ventures and they need to be able to work through the emotions that may emerge throughout the learning process.

Students will come to the Program at different stages in the development of their ventures, but all students must come with the energy to drive their venture forward over the four-month Program and beyond.

You also need to be able to take on constructive feedback from your peers, within small and large group settings.

We expect that you have a clear idea or an already established business that has direct community benefit in the Alpine/Indigo region.

If you are working on an idea within an established organisation you must have ownership and decision-making powers over your venture, as well as your organisation’s full support.

What is the Program Schedule?

The Social Change 101 Program will start in July and will run for 12 Program days over five-months.

2016 DatesLocationThemes
July 25 - 26TBCBLOCK 1
+ Introduction & Induction
+ Mentor Matching
+ Business Planning
+ Business Modelling and Sustainability
August 29 - 30TBCBLOCK 2
+ Social Impact
+ Money Management
+ Legal Structures
+ Attracting Funding
September 26- 27TBCBLOCK 3
+ Leadership
+ Communications
+ Partnerships
November 8 - 9TBCBLOCK 4
+ Measuring Social Impact
+ Review – Business Plan
+ Review – Social Impact
+ Program Wrap up
+ What’s Next?
+ Graduation & Celebration

Will this program be offered in other bushfire affected areas?

SSE Australia is partnering with FRRR to deliver SSE’s Social Change 101 Program in three regions that were impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Funding is provided by the Victorian Bushfires Appeal Fund.

SSE brings the social enterprise and learning expertise to the Alpine region, but it is the local community and key partners such as Into Our Hands, and The Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program that will provide the ecosystem of support for the social enterprises.  Development of the social enterprise sector is a long term proposition and local partners are critical in building its sustainability over the long term.

The first program will be held in the Alpine / Indigo region. There will be two further programs in fire-affected areas in 2017. Click here for a full list of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Locations will be determined by greatest demand and community engagement with the Social Change 101 Program. Register your interest for a Program in your area.

Please note: Program dates and confirmation of running will occur upon suitable student numbers being reached.

Who is SSE Australia? School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and the global-leader in social enterprise development. Over 1,200 participants have completed SSE learning programs across the world. Established in Australia in 2009, SSE Australia has supported the development of more than 400 social enterprises nationally.

Who is FRRR? The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000 to support rural and regional communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments. Since its inception, FRRR has managed the distribution of more than $60 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support to community organisations across the nation. It has been supporting communities recovering from natural disasters since 2006, channeling more than $10million to support recovering communities, including areas affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

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