SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAM:
THE DESIGN COMPANY

Are you interested in gaining experience running a company?  Then consider joining Create Change’s Design Company, which provides students with the opportunity to take a leading role in building and running a business selling designer  handmade products from West Africa.  From branding to budgeting and forecasting to sales, join Create Change's team to gain valuable experience managing a company, while empowering girls in West Africa to get an education.

As part of their role managing the company,  participating youth will be responsible for planning pop-up events, building retail partners, leading online sales, developing and maintaining a home party network, and leading sales at craft markets around the province.  All profits from the business will go towards supporting girls' education and empowerment programs in Ghana.  Don't miss this incredible opportunity to be involved in cutting edge social enterprise led by Canadian youth.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Youth ages 16 - 25.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Demonstrated interest in business, fashion or design.  Preference will be given to Create Change Marketing for Change alumni but all youth are welcome to apply.

 

TOPICS COVERED IN THIS PROGRAM

  • Branding and promotional materials
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Networking and sales
  • Online sales and marketing
  • Building retail partners
  • Event planning and promotion
  • Community Engagement
  • Marketing & PR
 
The Design Training School located in Ghana, where girls are trained to make a variety of design items and the business skills to launch an enterprise.   

The Design Training School located in Ghana, where girls are trained to make a variety of design items and the business skills to launch an enterprise.   

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mentorship and guidance from Create Change's board of directors
  • An opportunity to gain experience running a company while giving back
  • Networking opportunities
 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion to ignite change in the world
  • A desire to gain work experience and receive mentorship from seasoned professionals
  • Demonstrated interest in business, fashion, home décor or related field
  • An effective team player who enjoys working in a team
  • Able to take initiative, stay organized, and meet deadlines as they are assigned 
 

TIME COMMITMENT

  • 15 - 20 hours per month including weekly / bi-weekly meetings.
  • Minimimum commitment is 6 months (July 2017 - December 2017).
 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Create Change's Design Company seeks to become a major source of fundraising for the organization, through the sale of a thoughtfully curated collection of hand made artisan products from West Afrcian.  Some of the products are created by girls who are part of Create Change's design training program in Tamale, Ghana, and some are purchased directly from local artisans whom Create Change has developed relationships with from all over West Africa.  With girls leading the Design Company at Create Change's operation in Ghana, Create Change has also created a program for youth in Canada to play a leading role in the Design Company's Canadian operation.

 

PRODUCT SAMPLES

Create Change's Design Company will offer a selection of handmade products from West Africa, many produced by girls from our Design Company training program in Ghana.  Products will include jewelry, fashion, and home décor items.

MOON CHOKER Hand cast nickle and copper, hand painted.  

MOON CHOKER

Hand cast nickle and copper, hand painted.
 

INGAL CROSS EARRINGS Handcast silver with etching finished with coloured recycled glass.

INGAL CROSS EARRINGS

Handcast silver with etching finished with coloured recycled glass.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER CUFF Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze cuffs fitted with handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER CUFF

Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze cuffs fitted with handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER BOWLS Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze bowls covered in handmade leather.

HAMMERED METAL & LEATHER BOWLS

Hammered aluminium, copper and bronze bowls covered in handmade leather.

    GLASS BEAD & BRONZE BRACELET Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax-cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

 

 

GLASS BEAD & BRONZE BRACELET

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region and lost wax-cast bronze beads from Ghana's Ashanti region. 

GLASS BEAD NECKLACE Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.  


GLASS BEAD NECKLACE

Handmade recycled glass beads from Ghana's Volta region.
 

INDIGO SCARF Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso.  


INDIGO SCARF

Handwoven, hand dyed in Burkina Faso.
 

  VINTAGE INDIGO THROW Traditional vintage Malian indigo, hand woven and dyed.  

 

VINTAGE INDIGO THROW

Traditional vintage Malian indigo, hand woven and dyed.
 

MUD CLOTH PILLOW Handmade and dyed mud cloth from Burkina Faso by textile masters. Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

MUD CLOTH PILLOW

Handmade and dyed mud cloth from Burkina Faso by textile masters. Sewn by master tailors in Tamale, Ghana.

  SERVING SPOONS WITH HORN HANDLE Durable olivewood and finished with a batik bone handle, decorated with a natural dye pattern.  Produced by artisans in Kenya. 

 

SERVING SPOONS WITH HORN HANDLE

Durable olivewood and finished with a batik bone handle, decorated with a natural dye pattern.  Produced by artisans in Kenya. 

LAUNDRY BASKET Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

LAUNDRY BASKET

Handwoven by Deliba weaving cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

VINTAGE WOODEN MASKS A series of wooden masks from tribes that span across Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

VINTAGE WOODEN MASKS

A series of wooden masks from tribes that span across Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the Design Company Program please fill out the form below.  The next application deadline in June 30th.

Basic Information
Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
History with Create Change
Have you participated in a Create Change program before? *
Your Motivation