Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.




Providing training and pathways for young people to pursue a real, sustainable career in the creative industries. 

Their Inspired Education program works in schools with a cohort of 30 students selected by teachers and they are looking to extend the program to a new school in the Northern Rivers region.

2015 Pitch
Funds raised: $20,850

That evening in June, $20,850 was facilitated via The Funding Network for I-Manifest. Funds raised have been used to operate the Inspired Education program at Mullumbimby High School for 50 Year 10 students.

The impact...

Presenting at The Funding Network in June 2015, Jo Pretyman reminded us that 65 percent of young people today will work in jobs that don’t yet exist.

Youth unemployment in Australia is also at a crisis point, currently hovering between 12 and 13 per cent in general but as high as 20 per cent in marginalised communities. I-Manifest recognises the intersection of these powerful facts by creating meaningful opportunities for the employment for young people. It recognises that creative industries are a high employer in this country, yet many schools have neither the resources or budget to make the transition to creative work opportunities viable for their students. I-Manifest is future-looking: offering resources and urging new ways of thinking about creativity outside of traditional ‘creative industries’ in schools - including creative thinking and entrepreneurship.

This project-based learning program was aligned with the national curriculum, integrating real life work experience with classroom learning. The students worked with creative industry professionals to create a music documentary and photography project that was displayed at a pop-up gallery at the Splendour in the Grass festival. After the program, 97 per cent of participating students reported that they felt their future careers were more within their reach and 98 per cent of students felt more confident speaking with industry professionals. They said they also felt confident identifying new careers available to them and could realise a range of pathways to achieve their work goals.

Enjoy the mini music documentary created by the Mullumbimby High School students as part of the Inspired Education Program...


Read their Impact Report

Learn more about I-Manifest.



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