Promoting social advancement through business competence - that is the idea behind "YELP - Young Entrepreneur Leadership Program". Last weekend, the project team was able to secure a start-up grant of 200,000 euros through the MEGA Education Foundation. The YELP project was initiated by Nedžad Moćević, FH Salzburg, and Tarik Mete, LernProfi.
In cooperation with the FHStartup Center, the "Lernprofi" education centre and local schools, "Young Entrepreneur Leadership Programme (YELP)" equips future social workers with knowledge and tools to competently convey economic topics to socially disadvantaged young people.
137 projects from all nine federal provinces for the promotion of economic competence were submitted to the MEGA Education Foundation - eight finalists competed in the main evening show on ORF III, hosted by Andi Knoll and Ani Gülgün-Mayr, for the coveted "Education Million".
"Economic competence should become a 'resource' for social advancement instead of a 'hurdle'. We want to start with those who have the hardest time acquiring this skill," explains Nedžad Moćević, junior researcher at the social work degree programme at FH Salzburg.
Together with their cooperation partners, the project team wants to equip future social workers with the necessary skills to teach business skills to socially disadvantaged young people as part of their work.
The "Young Entrepreneur Leadership Programme" aims to counter the problem that existing offers often only reach the public that knows where to get their information anyway. With this programme, economic know-how is to be made accessible to less privileged strata as well.