Students from four schools in the region have been finding ways to innovate in a rapidly-changing world.

Shailer Park, Park Ridge, Loganlea and Mabel Park State High Schools have spent recent months in Catapult, a program which has been managed by Logan City Council’s business branch in tandem with Young Change Agents.

They’ve participated in a hackathon-style enviornment, and incubator sessions.

The event culminates tomorrow night at an event at Event Cinemas, Logan Hyperdome, where students will pitch their ideas and hear the announcement of a winner.

Ideas include:

  • a social enterprise that is funding gender neutral/unisex bathrooms in schools in Logan by producing and selling handmade sustainable soaps
  • a financial education program and mobile app that encourages young people to learn about their finances (identifying a lack of financial education for young people)
  • an app to record how people are feeling during the day and connecting them with online therapy options when needed, along with a podcast to help share stories from people who are dealing with mental health issues in the Logan area
  • a social enterprise that creates eco-friendly products manufactured from recycled materials (sourced by the local community to increase employment and reduce environmental impacts)
  • a video game that educates about the dangers of taking drugs, with profits being donated to rehabilitation centres to help the community overcome substance abuse
  • a multicultural food festival that aims to minimise racism by bringing cultural awareness to the forefront, with profits from meals sold being directed into non-profit organisations 
  • a drug and alcohol awareness course for year 6 students moving into year 7, which helps youth to understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how to deal with peer pressure when entering high school
  • a social enterprise that aims to change the world through affordable eco-friendly products, which aims to donate 50 per cent of profits towards non-profit organisations that reduce litter

Logan City Council deputy mayor Jon Raven said: “The world as we knew it was tipped on its head in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve seen big changes in the economy and jobs market as a result.

“Catapult was designed to connect students, educators and local businesses so Logan students could build pathways and be future-ready now.

“We wanted to build enterprise skills in local young people so they could develop new career pathways and help grow Logan’s economy.”

Cr Raven said the students had thought outside the box to develop projects to make a difference in the City of Logan.

“The students wanted to tackle issues such as financial intelligence in young people, mental health, drugs and racism and make a positive impact on the environment,” Cr Raven said.

“We were also fortunate to have people such as Vu Tran from the Logan-based online training company Go1 to share their knowledge and experience with the students throughout the program.

“I’m sure some of these students will one day be as recognisable in the same way we know of Elon Musk and Richard Branson today.”

 

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