sea change - n. a profound or notable transformation. -The Oxford Pocket Dictionary
social entrepreneur - n. someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. -Wikipedia
In order to get our amazing social enterprise model off the ground SEA Change needs your help.
-An aspiring Social Entrepreneur ready to take a risk to get the experience you need to launch your own social enterprise?
-Tired of not seeing tangible outcomes from your donation dollars and ready to explore innovative investment opportunities that could include a both a financial and social return on your investment?
-Ready to financially retire and looking for a new challenge that leverages your strengths and passions and makes the world a better place?
-A business professional that would like to teach your skills to a new generation of Social Entrepreneurs?
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions and you believe in the model articulated in this website, please contact Tammy Maloney at 403-831-4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can meet for coffee and explore the opportunities.
The Social Entrepreneurship Academy for Change Ltd. (SEA Change) aims to use an innovative business model to transform youth experiencing homelessness into Social Entrepreneurs. Our goal is to empower them with the skills they need to avoid a future with the adult homeless shelter system.
By investing in youth who often face insurmountable barriers to finding employment in the mainstream job market, we believe we can organically grow a youth-driven job market that will serve as an attractive alternative to theft, gangs, drug dealing, prostitution, and panhandling.
Our pilot projects showed that street-entrenched youth would choose an opportunity to become a legitimate entrepreneur over street life or the mainstream.
The youth we know are natural entrepreneurs. They desire freedom, independence and self-reliance. They are risk-seeking, innovative and resourceful. By leveraging these facts we can help them become leaders of our business community and put an end to their homelessness permanently.
At SEA Change our aim is to launch a Social Enterprise Incubator for YOUTH in Calgary, Alberta, Canada working hard to transition away from street life and out of homelessness. As part of the holistically designed incubation program, youth will be paid a Living Wage to attend Business School so that they can achieve stability in their lives and obtain technical business skills prior to admittance into the incubator.
To accomplish this goal and to achieve long-term financial sustainability we are working on two business plans. (1) SEA Change Recyclers; Calgary's convenient and caring alternative for recycling bottles and cans. (2) SEA Change Services; Providing superior offsite office services to save you money.
"Our business model says we're spending $134,000 per year for every person who's homeless." Tim Richter, Calgary Homeless Foundation CEO, CalgaryInc, December Issue 2008, Volume 6, Number 10
In other words, helping 150 youth experiencing homelessness enter the job market instead of the adult shelter system translates into a ~$20 million/year savings for Calgary. (150 x $134,000=$20 million/year)
More importantly, by educating our street youth to become entrepreneurs we are contributing to the future economic growth and stability of our great city.
Youth are the key to discovering the solutions to the complex societal challenges we currently face. We have therefore reached a point in history where we can no longer afford to leave their naturally inherent compassion and creativity untapped.