Living Young

A 2018-2021 action plan for our young people.
Our Vision: Young people are supported to shape the City of Unley and engage with us about the things that matter to them.

Fish Tank

We are fishing for future entrepreneurs.

Applications are now open for the opportunity to pitch your business idea to the fish tank. If you’re 12 to 25 years of age and live, study, work or play in the City of Unley, you could win a prize package that will help grow your business.

Applications close 24 March 2019.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    I don’t live in the City of Unley, can I still apply?
    You must live, work, study or play in the City of Unley to apply for Fish Tank. This means your school, place of study, sporting club, recreational club, workplace or home could be located in the City of Unley. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please contact Laura De Bono, Community Development Project Officer, Youth by email or phone 8372 5111.

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    How strict are the age requirements?
    Entrants must be aged 12 to 25 years at the time of entry application.  
     
    Can I apply as part of a duo or group?
    For the 12 – 17 years category, you can apply as part of a group of up to 4 participants. Each participant would need to complete the online application form separately as we do require parent’s permission details and each application needs to indicate which group they are part of in the business idea section (for example all group participants state the same business idea). Please note – if successful in winning Fish Tank, prizes are to be split amongst the group members and not a prize for each group member.
     
    For the 18 – 25 years category, only individual applications will be accepted as the prizes cannot be split up.
     
    What to consider when submitting your business idea for the application form?

    IMPACT
    What impact will your business idea or product have on the other people, the community, the environment and even the world?

    INNOVATION
    Is your business idea or product something new, different, and or existing?

    CREATIVITY
    Has imagination been applied to your business idea or product? 

    PRACTICALITY
    Is your business idea or product actually possible?

    BUDGET
    Are the costs involved with your business idea or product realistic and achievable?
     
    My business is already established, am I still eligible to apply?
    Yes, if you have an established business and or product you are still eligible to apply. However you must be able to prove that you need the financial and mentoring support for your business or product to develop further.
     
    My business is just an idea at this stage, am I still eligible to apply?
    Yes, if you simply just have a business idea you are eligible to apply. You must ensure that you explain the business idea in detail, in your application form.
     
    I participated in Fish Tank 2016 and or Change Makers 2018, am I still eligible to apply?
    Yes, previous City of Unley Fish Tank 2016 and City of Unley Change Makers 2018 participants may submit an application, however it must be for a different business idea and or product than previously presented. 

    What is the prize package?

    12 – 17 years category
    1st Prize – Futurepreneurs Launchpad mentoring package facilitated by entrepreneurship educator Sasha Dragovelic, including two x 2 hour mentoring sessions (valued at $650) + a complimentary place in the Business SA Youth Entrepreneur Workshop to be run in May 2019 at Business SA (valued at $300) + $500 seed money.
    2nd Prize – $ 300 seed money.
     
    18 – 25 years category
    1st Prize – Business SA SAYES (South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme) 12 month workshop and mentoring program valued at ($1,200) + two complimentary tickets to a 2019 Business SA Chamber Networking Event + $500 seed money.
    2nd Prize – $300 seed money.
     
    What is the time commitment to participate in Fish Tank?

    Activity

    Date

    Promotion to commence

    18 February 2019

    Call for Applications

    Opens 18 February 2019 and closes 24 March 2019

    Fish Tank Entrepreneurship Workshop
    Free workshop, all welcome

    Saturday 9 March 2019, 1 – 4pm
    Fullarton Park Community Centre

    Presentation & Pitch Workshop
    Free workshop, only for the top 10 finalists

    Saturday 30 March 2019, 1 – 3pm
    Fullarton Park Community Centre

    Fish Tank, Pitch Night Event
    Free event, only the top 10 finalists will pitch, however all other applicants are welcome to attend.

    Thursday 4 April 2019, 5:45pm for 6 – 8pm
    Unley Town Hall

     
    When will I know if I am one of the top 10 finalists?
    The top 10 finalists will be notified by email and phone by Monday 25 March 2019, 2– 4pm.
     
    I can’t attend the Fish Tank Entrepreneurship Workshop on Saturday 9 March 2019, 1 – 4pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, can I still submit an application form for Fish Tank?
    Yes, you can still submit an application form. The Fish Tank Entrepreneurship Workshop is not mandatory to attend, however it will provide useful information about entrepreneurship and insights from special guest speakers.
     
    If I am selected as one of the Top 10 finalists to present at the Fish Tank Pitch Night and I can’t attend the Presentation & Pitch Workshop on Saturday 30 March 2019, 1 – 3pm, at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, can I still pitch my business idea at the live Fish Tank Pitch Night on Thursday 4 April 2019, 5:45pm for 6 – 8pm, at the Unley Town Hall?
    Unfortunately not, it is mandatory to attend the Presentation & Pitch workshop if you have been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists to be able to pitch at the live Fish Tank Pitch Night. If you are unable to attend the Presentation & Pitch workshop, then you will forfeit your place in the competition. 
     
    If I am selected as one to the Top 10 finalists and I can’t attend the Fish Tank Pitch Night on Thursday 4 April 2019, 5:45pm 6 – 8pm, at the Unley Town Hall, can I still participate in Fish Tank?
    Unfortunately not, it is mandatory to attend the Fish Tank Pitch Night if you have been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists. If you are unable to attend the Fish Tank Pitch Night, then you will forfeit your place in the competition. 
     
    Who are the judges for the live Fish Tank Pitch Night?

    • City of Unley Mayor, Michael Hewitson
    • Representative from Business SA
    • Sasha Dragovelic, Founder of Futurepreneurs Launchpad, entrepreneurial & enterprise education programs
    • 2016 City of Unley Fish Tank Winners, Taboo.


    If you have any other questions, please contact Laura De Bono, Community Development Project Officer, Youth by email or 8372 5111.

  • Terms and Conditions
    The promoter is the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.

    Eligibility:
    • Applicants must live, work, study or play in the City of Unley.
    • Applicants must be 12 to 25 years of age at the time of entry application.  
    • Applicants must complete the online entry form on the City of Unley website.
    • Applicants may submit only one version of their business idea per online application form. However, any applicant may submit more than one pitch. A separate entry form must be completed for each submission.
    • Application could be for an existing business and or product but the applicant must be able to prove that they need the financial and mentoring support for their business or product to develop further.
    • Previous Fish Tank 2016 and Change Makers 2018 participants may submit an application, however it must be for a different business idea and or product then previously presented. 
    • Applications close on Sunday 24 March 2019, 5pm.
    • Applications received after the closure date/time will not be eligible.
    • All applicants under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian to enter the competition and must agree to the terms and conditions on their child’s behalf.
    • All applicants under the age of 18 must complete a talent release form and email to ldebono@unley.sa.gov.au or send to the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061 addressed to Laura De Bono labelled ‘Fish Tank Talent Release Form’.
    • Any applicants under the age of 18 that progress to the Live Fish Tank Pitch Night must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the Fish Tank Pitch Night event.
    • Employees of the City of Unley and their immediate families, and agencies associated with the promotion are ineligible to enter.
    • The first and second prize winner’s for both categories will need to provide evidence that the prize money is going towards their business idea or product.
     
    How to Enter:
    • Complete the online application form with personal details and outline of business idea and or product.  
    • Business idea or product can be anything you like, the more creative the better.
    • The City of Unley reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process.
    • Applicants must ensure that their business idea or product does not violate any copyright laws. The City of Unley takes no responsibility for entrants who do not submit original content.
    • No responsibility will be accepted for late, or misdirected entries or entries sent but not received by The City of Unley.
    • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Entry details remain the property of the City of Unley.
     
    Judging Process:
    • All applications will be assessed against a criteria by an internal panel including the Community Development Project Officer – Youth, Team Leader of Community & Cultural Development and another panel member at their discretion to determine the top 10 submissions. The criteria will be based around impact, innovation, creativity, practicality and budget.
    • Feedback for unsuccessful applicants will not be provided.
    • The top 10 finalists will be notified by email and phone by Monday 25 March 2019, 2pm – 4pm.
    • The top 10 finalists must be available to participate in the Pitch & Presentation workshop on Saturday 30 March 2019, 1pm – 3pm, at the Fullarton Park Community Centre.
    • The top 10 finalists will pitch their business idea at the ‘Fish Tank, Pitch Night’ on Thursday 4 April 2019, 5:45pm for 6 – 8pm, at the Unley Town Hall.
    • Should any of the finalists not be able to attend the Pitch & Presentation workshop and or the Fish Tank Pitch Night, they will forfeit their place in the competition.  
    • Finalists must give a 3 minute pitch to present their business idea to a panel of judges. Judges will then have 2 minutes after the pitch to ask questions to the finalist.
    • Pitches must not exceed 3 minutes.
    • The two category winners of Fish Tank, chosen by the panel of judges based on the judging criteria will be announced at the Fish Tank Pitch Night event.
    • The judging panel decision is final and may not be appealed.
    • All top 10 finalists are welcome to invite family, friends, mentors and or school teachers to the Fish Tank Pitch Night event.
     
     Competition Timeline:
    • The promotion to call for submissions, commences at 9am 18 February 2019 and closes at 5pm 18 March 2019.
    • Fish Tank Entrepreneurship Workshop; Saturday 9 March 2019, 1 – 4pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. Young people will get the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship and assist them to prepare their application forms. Young people will also hear from business leaders and young entrepreneurs.
    • Presentation & Pitch Workshop (only for the top 10 applicants); Saturday 30 March 2019, 1 – 3pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. The top 10 finalists will gain skills in public speaking and learn the art of pitching/ presenting.  
    • Fish Tank, Pitch Night; Thursday 4 April 2019, 5:45pm for 6 – 8pm, at the Unley Town Hall.
    • The winner will be selected by the judging panel after all pitches have been presented and announced at the Fish Tank, Pitch Night event.
    • The winner’s will be acknowledged with a public announcement posted on the City of Unley website and social media platforms the week starting 8 April 2019, along with further promotional opportunities to follow.
     
    Prizes:

    12 – 17 years category
    1st Prize – Futurepreneurs Launchpad mentoring package facilitated by entrepreneurship educator Sasha Dragovelic, including two x 2 hour mentoring sessions (valued at $650) + a complimentary place in the Business SA Youth Entrepreneur Workshop to be run in May 2019 at Business SA (valued at $300) + $500 seed money.
    2nd Prize – $ 300 seed money.
     
    18 – 25 years category
    1st Prize – Business SA SAYES (South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme) 12 month workshop and mentoring program valued at ($1,200) + two complimentary tickets to a 2019 Business SA Chamber Networking Event + $500 seed money.
    2nd Prize – $300 seed money.
     
     
    Fish Tank Winners:
    • The winners of the Fish Tank Pitch Night will be announced on the night of the Fish Tank Pitch Night event. The winners will be acknowledged with public announcement posted on the City of Unley website and social media platforms the week starting 8 April 2019, along with further promotional opportunities to follow.
    • All prize seed money will be awarded to the winners via either cheque or direct debit (as decided by the winner).
    • All prize seed money must go towards the winners business idea or product. A representative from the City of Unley will contact the winner at any time after their receipt of the prize seed money to request progress reports on how the money is being spent. Proof of expenditure will be requested in the form of purchase receipts or other methods. Within 12 months of receipt of grant funding the winner must provide the City of Unley with an acquittal for the funds.
    • The funds provided will be spent by the winner within 12 months of receiving grant funding unless otherwise agreed by the Council.
    • Any moneys not expended on completion of the project will be returned to the City of Unley.
    • The Business SA SAYES program will commence in May 2019 and the category winner will be contacted directly by Business SA.
    • The Futurepreneurs Launchpad mentoring package will commence in May 2019 and the category winner will be contacted directly by the Community Development Project Officer, Youth to coordinate the mentoring sessions with the facilitator Futurepreneurs Launchpad.
    • Where possible the winners are to participate in any ongoing community development opportunities with the City of Unley.
     
    Publicity:
    • The winners of the competition agrees to upon request (and with parental or guardian consent if under the age of 18), participate in any promotional activities required by the City of Unley and or media outlets, including but not limited to; publicity, photography and appearances.
    • The winners (and with parental or guardian consent if under the age of 18) consent to the use of their name, photograph and video footage for the City of Unley and or media outlets promotional materials.

School Holiday Program

The City of Unley provides a range of recreational workshops and activities for children, young people and families during the school holidays.

Activities are held across our community centres, libraries and museum. Details of upcoming school holiday activities will be listed on this webpage.

  • Girl Power Workshop |18 April

    Thursday 18 April, 9am – 3.30pm
     
    For girls aged 7–12 years.

    Girl Power's mission is to foster a positive mindset, inner confidence and resilience in girls at a young age, before they embark on their teenage years and exposed to the powerful world of social media. 
    Girl Power's workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of fun, creative and engaging activities.

    Girls come away from the workshops knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness. In this full day workshop, we will focus on individuality, strengths, friendships, growth vs fixed mindset, mindfulness, body image and gratitude.

    The topics will be explored through movement, vibrant discussion, active games with props, role play and art/craft. Parents will be given inspiration for ways to continue the well-being journey at home and all girls will receive a special gift bag.

    Bring lunch. Water and morning tea (fruit) will be provided.

    Cost: $20 for City of Unley residents; $30 for non-residents.

    Bookings essential as places limited.

    Bookings and enquiries, phone the Fullarton Park Community Centre Reception on 8372 5180

Youth Programs

The City of Unley provides a range of ongoing programs for young people of various ages.
 
Find out about the Young Writers Group on the Unley Libraries Kids page
 
Learn about Kids Art Classes via the Fullarton Park Community Centre page.
 
View upcoming Youth Events and Read Write Create Programs on the Unley Libraries Youth page.

Parent Seminars

Discover parenting information groups and seminars presented by the Fullarton Park Community Centre. All sessions are free with bookings essential on 8372 5180.
 

Past Youth Projects

Change Makers

Change Makers is about creating a community of young people who are able and passionate about creating the future they want to see.

They believe that a small group of people with a big idea who commit to taking action can make a difference. They understand more can be achieved when they work with and learn from those who have gone down a similar path. While they acknowledge it is a competitive world, they understand there has never been more opportunity to leverage resources to sustain their action.

The Change Makers program has empowered six young entrepreneurs to create four new social enterprises: Purposeful Produce, Edge STEM, Wine 4 Women, and Taproots.