This is a blog for the Australian Research Council Discovery Project titled: ‘Arts Based Social Enterprises and Marginalised Young People’s Transitions’.

We will use this blog to post updates and information about the project. We are keen to hear your feedback so please post a comment if you wish to do so.

The project team consists of:

Professor Peter Kelly, Head of UNEVOC @ RMIT, School of Education, RMIT University, peter.kelly@rmit.edu.au

Dr Grace McQuilten, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Centre for Art, Society and Transformation, School of Art, RMIT University, grace.mcquilten@rmit.edu.au

Dr Deborah Warr, Senior Principal Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, dwarr@csu.edu.au

Dr Amy Spiers, ARC Discovery Project Research Fellow, School of Education and School of Art, RMIT University, amy.spiers@rmit.edu.au

Chiara Grassia, ARC Discovery Project PhD Student, School of Art, RMIT University

If you have a question about our project or would like to get in contact with the team you can email us at: artsocialenterprise@rmit.edu.au

We will also be posting updates via Twitter, you can follow us @YouthASE

What do we want to Research…and Why?

The project will analyse how art-based social enterprise (ASE) organisations manage education, training and work transitions, and develop the health and well-being of marginalised young people.

We will study the specific education and employment outcomes achieved for young people situated in these alternative learning settings. Social enterprises (SE) are a rapidly expanding sector of the Australian economy with 20,000 programs currently operating. Using a longitudinal, critical case methodology the project will provide sector stakeholders with a strong evidence base to develop long-term strategy for innovative policy and engagement practice.

Why does the research matter?

This study aims to deliver outcomes that will inform industry policy (at State and Federal levels) in relation to social enterprises. It aims also to inform, how engagement in art based social enterprise programs can promote the social and economic participation, education, training and work pathways, and physical and mental health and well-being of marginalised young Australians. The project will make innovative and significant contributions to the development and deployment of Social Enterprise based interventions that target the education, training, employment and health and well-being issues of marginalised young Australians. The project will importantly contribute to building ‘healthy and resilient communities throughout Australia’ by developing ‘preventative strategies’ to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of young people.