Talent RISE Step Up Challenge

Friday 8 September 2023

Entering the world of work can be incredibly tough for many young people. In fact, it’s estimated that there will be 73 million unemployed people aged 15-24 across the globe by the end of 2023. For those who don’t have access to the privileges many of us take for granted, getting that first break can feel as daunting as climbing Mount Everest.

The Talent RISE Step Up challenge brings this struggle to life by encouraging people to talk the distance between base camp to the peak of Everest – a total of 20km as the crow flies. Each participant raises money through donations which go directly towards life-changing initiatives for young people in need.

The 2023 Step Up challenge will be held on September 8, with walks held in major cities around Australia, New Zealand and New York.

Our impact

The Step Up Challenge was launched in 2022. Our goal was to raise AU$50,000 and we successfully raised AU$107,478. Here’s where that money went:

  • We helped 720 young people with advice and guidance
  • 1,500 hours of coaching and mentoring
  • Supported 51 young people into training initiatives
  • Changed the lives of 75 individuals with meaningful employment

What are we raising money for this year?

All the money raised as part of the Step Up Challenge goes directly to changing young lives. In 2023, we’ve created three new initiatives that will have a significant and life-changing impact on their recipients. With all Talent RISE overheads funded by Talent, every cent raised will go towards:

Equal Access Program

This program will support young people from refugee, asylum seeker or Indigenous backgrounds by covering the cost of training (alongside RISE work readiness support) to provide a platform for future security.

Paid Internship Scheme

Paid internships can be life-changing, but are often impossible to secure for the young people we work with. This scheme will fund internships which provide critical experience to help young people gain confidence and secure employment.

Tech Academy

Our Tech Academy will fund a group of young people through work placements and training to acquire invaluable skills and experience, providing them with a clear pathway into tech roles – a pathway they never thought possible.

Donate to the Step Up Challenge

Would you like to support the Step Up Challenge?

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Which region are you donating from?

United Kingdom
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