Youth and Social Business competition”: awards ceremony

Posted on May 26, 2015

Youth and Social Business competition”: awards ceremony

On May 21th, at the Auditorium Terzani of Biblioteca San Giorgio in Pistoia, the closing event of the third edition of “Youth and Social Business: becoming agents of change” was held. The event honored the training program, which was intended to spread the culture of social entrepreneurship designed for third, fourth and fifth year High School students from the province of Pistoia.

The project is carried on by the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia and Fondazione Un Raggio Di Luce Onlus, within the Program “Pistoia Social Business City”.

About 280 students, from 15 classes from different 5 High Schools in the province of Pistoia, attended 5 lessons held by the experts of the Yunus Social Business Centre and – at the end of the project – presented their own social entrepreneurship ideas aimed at the resolution of a social and environmental issues of the city they live in.

The students from the III H class of the Social and Economic Forteguerri High School of Pistoia won the competition with their “Obiettivo Donna” project. “Obiettivo Donna” is a photography studio where beaten-wifes can work and recover their dignity. The project “Friendly House” placed second. The project – made up by the students of III H class of the Social and Economic Forteguerri High School of Pistoia – proposed a social enterprise that faces the migrants emergency. The third place was awarded to the girls of the III H class of the Social and Economic Forteguerri High School of Pistoia, with their project “NIU”, a pub where young people can enjoy their Saturday night without using neither alcohol nor drugs.

The first place winners from competition were awarded a trip to Barcelona, a city that is running – as Pistoia is doing – the Social Business City Program, to meet the innovative local social businesses; the second place will have the chance to go to Milan and to visit EXPO 2015; and the third place group will be presented with a voucher for a bookstore of Pistoia.

For further information about this project, please mail to: pistoia@sbflorence.org