YEAR HERE IS A POSTGRADUATE COURSE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION BASED IN LONDON
The course is designed as a platform for graduates and young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems. Unlike a traditional Master's degree, it's immersive, action-oriented – and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality.
Their Fellows try their hand at building creative and entrepreneurial responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
Year Here was launched at Number 10 Downing Street in March 2013 and, since then, has run six programmes for 98 people and been named one of Britain's 50 New Radicals by Nesta and The Observer. As part of the course, their Fellows have collectively volunteered 60,000 hours in frontline services – including homeless shelters, community centres and Pupil Referral Units.
They've also launched 12 ventures
like Settle, supporting vulnerable young people who are moving into their first home, Rootless Garden, running nature-inspired activities to reduce the isolation of older people, and Birdsong, a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos.
Year Here is a social enterprise; meaning that they are a company that exists to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.
In 2017, they plan to launch the Year Here Foundation, which will aim to ensure that social leadership is a pathway open to the widest pool of talent possible.