During NSVW 2015, QUT and Volunteering Queensland held a special project development day as part of the Changemaker Program.
The Changemaker Program is a unique collaboration which supports 10 students over 12 months to take an innovative idea with a social justice impact and make it happen. The projects range from youth mentoring, to development of a wellness database for seriously ill patients, to social activist projects. On the day the Changemakers looked at overcoming barriers and detailing final action plans to move toward putting their innovative projects and programs into action.
Listen to Amy Jackson's experience facilitating this amazing program:
QUT Changemaker Casey Roff
Casey talks about how his social change project evolved. He speaks of bringing his Changemaker self everywhere he goes including to his profession as a teacher.
QUT Changemaker Kate Donnelly
Kate's project is - Campus Advocacy for Refugees. It's about supporting existing refugee action groups through volunteer support, fundraising to offset funding cuts, & really looking at how we're telling refugee stories & how we are providing spaces for refugees to tell their own stories.
QUT Changemaker Omar Ezzeldin
Omar has a vision for an online platform that will change the way people approach their own stories, help them to share in a creative way & support others to work through their own issues. Watch what challenges he's faced turning this from an idea into reality & what his next steps are.
QUT Changemaker Mark Thompson
Mark's project is - Fossil Free QUT. They're a group of students & staff calling on their university to stop investing in fossil fuel companies as a way to send a message that they need to change their business practices if they want to survive in the low carbon economy & also to create political space for action on climate change.