ASB Young Alumni: What we did in 2013

Tuesday, 26 November 2013  Features

In 2013 the ASB Young Alumni Program passed its second anniversary, expanding its dynamic range of events and opportunities for recent ASB graduates under 30 years of age. Led by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, this year really saw the ASB Young Alumni Angels program develop to be a significant platform for graduates to give back to the community. Through Young Alumni Angels activities, graduates raised funds for the Red Cross by hosting a bake sale, got involved in a telethon for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and took part in a strategy workshop for not-for-profit organisation, Empower.

Empower is a charity established by fellow ASB graduate Shanil Samarakoon to equip rural communities in developing countries with the resources to overcome poverty and make change. Seven young alumni leant their creative and strategic thinking to the workshop which aimed to develop Empower's Branding and Fundraising capacities for the future. Over two weekends, the group conducted an analysis of the current business model, revisited the charity's goals and also built a new strategy for fundraising and branding.

Recent graduate, Michael Zhou (BCom '10) who works for PwC Consulting said: "The highlight for me was seeing ideas and insights be brought to fruition through the co-creation environment being fostered. It is absolutely amazing what can be achieved by putting a group of intelligent and energised people together, each with their own individual views and experiences."

This year also saw Young Alumni host numerous fun lunch catch-ups on the Martin Place steps, designed to connect graduates, many working at their first jobs, in the Sydney CBD. 'Confessions of a recent graduate' was a provocative and informative panel event while First Creek Wines wine tasting masterclass was the perfect way to round off a busy year.

Photos from ASB Young Alumni 2013 events are on the facebook page.