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Social Enterprise

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur and having a positive impact on a cause you believe in at the same time? Do you want to do something positive, practical, with measurable outcomes but don’t know how to start it? If so, the Osaka YMCA Social Enterprise programs are for you.

At the Osaka YMCA, we define Social Enterprise as follows:

An organisation, entity or business which provides opportunities, social outcomes and/or training to disadvantaged people.

We feel that the above definition provides a framework for action, particularly for projects that arise out of our Youth for Causes, My Y Cafe and Global Youth Conference programs.
Social enterprise can be described as fitting in between the economic realms of business and charity. A social enterprise acts as a business in its setup and structure, and aims to generate a profit. However, it uses that profit to provide social services and outcomes to people in need, like a charity.

Ever feel like you want to make a difference for the community by doing your own project? Do you want to do something positive, practical, with measurable outcomes but don’t know how to start it? If so, the Osaka YMCA Social Enterprise Y-Starter project is for you. Make your idea become a reality and kick start your business / project today. This is a fantastic opportunity so don’t wait and apply now.

The Osaka YMCA Social Enterprise program objectives are to:

Contribute to the development of young socially conscious entrepreneurs in Japan and around around the world
Build unique, sustainable social enterprise educational programs that positively impact young people and encourages them to engage with their community
Provide meaningful opportunities for Osaka YMCA high-school & college students, Global Youth Conference delegates, Osaka YMCA young volunteers, local school and university students
Achieve the strategic objectives on youth development according to its Vision 2020 strategic plan

Osaka YMCA has 2 social enterprise projects. These are: 

Youth for Causes 

Our Youth for Causes program is currently run in collaboration with the Osaka YMCA International Business College.  It gives participants an opportunity to start their own social enterprise, learn business skills, support a community project or create their own.  It’s a practical, challenging and fun project that can bring about real change.
The good news is that the program will be open to young people in the Kansai area from April  2020. If you are interested in creating a Youth for Causes team contact us now and find out how you can get involved. 

My Y Cafe 

My Y Cafe - a mobile coffee stall - is Osaka YMCA Global’s very own social enterprise project which helps to raise funds to support other Global programs and provide professional training opportunities for young people interested in working in the hospitality industry.  When possible, My Y Cafe uses fair trade coffee beans to make its coffee products.  


Who can get involved?

You can apply for the Youth for Causes program or to volunteer on My Y Cafe if you are or have been a:
・Osaka YMCA student
・Osaka YMCA intern
・Osaka YMCA Global Youth Conference delegate
・Osaka YMCA intern
・YMCA youth member
・Kansai area high school or university student

Can groups apply?

Yes, you can apply to get involved as a school or community group of up to 5 members.

What support can I get?

For Youth for Causes, participants can access to up to 20,000 yen seeding money to help kick-start any project that is approved by the Osaka YMCA Social Enterprise Steering committee. Successful applicants will also have access to mentoring and coaching from selected Osaka YMCA staff, youth leaders and Social Enterprise alumni.

Fill out our  Team Application Online Form here
Fill out our My Y Cafe Online Application Form here
Or for further inquiries contact the Global Office directly here