Providing young people with practical skills and knowledge allows them to follow their dreams with confidence.

We can be heroes.
I wanted to go into a practical sort of area and learn what I needed to run my business step-by-step. I walked away from the workshops knowing how to be ‘straight up’ – that is, business is business. Esekia Aiiloilo, 19, We Can Be Heroes participant
The people at the workshop explained how I’d go about setting up my business and how I could have a competitive advantage from other people doing the same thing. It was good getting advice from people who have been setting up businesses for 20 years.Bryce McEwen, 21, We Can Be Heroes participant

With support from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative

Our series of start your own business workshops, called We Can Be Heroes, help to build creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills in young Queenslanders who may have missed out on traditional education pathways. These individuals come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include young people with disabilities, those excluded from mainstream schools, refugees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. With our support, these young people can have better access to a wide range of opportunities – they can be their own hero.


Young People

Marist180 worked with 18 young people disengaged from education, training and employment in 2015

A survey carried out after the workshop indicated that this initiative created positive change for the young people. It improved their knowledge of setting up a business, as well as their confidence and keenness to set up one of their own.


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Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our We Can Be Heroes Program:


02 9672 9200


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