The Impact Academy
During the summer of 2015 young people in North Belfast are set start a social enterprise through the new Impact Academy at the North Belfast Social Enterprise Hub.
The Ashton Community Trust in partnership with the hub, Young Enterprise and FabLab Belfast has launched the initiative giving young people the opportunity to tackle a social issue in their community while gaining skills for life and work through a summer-long entrepreneurship programme.
The six young people kicked off the intensive programme in July and will have the opportunity to create a product with FabLab Belfast and a business plan with the support of Young Enterprise business volunteers.
The programme targeting 17-23 year olds is set to enhance the skills and aspirations of those taking part while providing real experience of business that will support them through their future in education and in work.
Young Enterprise is working with the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure to enable young people to find new and innovative ways to manage their education through technology. With the latest technology in the classroom, a number of Young Enterprise Company Programme students have had the opportunity to start and run a business with a focus on using digital technology to enhance all aspects of their experience and develop IT skills.