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Year Here 2017 Open Evening
Thu 20 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
An informal evening event in Hoxton Square to introduce prospective applicants to the course.
Come along for a presentation on the 2017 programme, testimonies from our Fellows and alumni – plus drinks and networking.
Our speakers include:
Nathan Ardaiz (2016). Nathan is a researcher, designer and journalist. During the 2016 programme, he was placed at Langdon Park School, an academy in Poplar serving a diverse and disadvantaged student population where he developed a programme to encourage 'Growth Mindset' among the students. He is now a Research Associate at architecture charity, Azuko.
Sneh Jani (2016). Sneh is a former management consultant who now runs Bread and Roses, a social enterprise florist, supporting refugee women into work through an employability programme. She is also a budding service designer having had success with her innovation project tackling housing issues in Somer's Town and now working as a consultant for service design agency Snook.
Sophie Slater (2014). Sophie worked with vulnerable women during Year Here 2014 and saw how cuts were posing an existential crisis to the charities that supported them. In response she co-founded Birdsong, an online marketplace selling fashion made by women’s groups and generating new revenue for them. She has been interviewed by Dazed, written for the Guardian on ethical fashion and feminism and served as a jury member for D&AD.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Year Here is a full-time postgraduate course in social innovation based in London, designed to cultivate entrepreneurial approaches to entrenched social problems. Our Fellows – graduates and young professionals who are ambitious about social change – try their hand at building creative responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
Unlike a traditional Master's degree, we have no campus, no teachers, no fee. Instead, Fellows learn in the real world – in placements and projects across the city – and are guided by our faculty of social sector practitioners including activists, entrepreneurs and politicians.
Fellows start by spending 5 months volunteering in care homes, homeless hostels and youth services across London – in position to support and learn from those at the frontline of disadvantage. They are then challenged to test and build solutions to social problems. They work together to launch creative responses, campaigns and ventures that make a real impact.
Some of our Fellows receive a bursary to cover their living expenses and many benefit from heavily discounted accommodation. Fellows who receive financial support wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part in the programme.
We have two intakes per year, kicking off their Fellowship in Spring and Autumn. We have two application windows each year (between February and April, and between August and October) within which you can apply for either of the two upcoming programmes.
The current application window closes at midnight on Monday 31st October.