It started from a simple conversation, a simple idea.
“What if we tried to get everyone to work together on projects rather than all compete for the same pot of funding and resources? At the end of the day, should we not focus on the people we are trying to help, rather than who gets the credit for it?”
It was a question posed at the Asia Pacific Cities Youth Summit (APCS), held in Brisbane in 2007 by a sixteen year old delegate. It was a question furiously debated during the youth summit with various answers, proposals and solutions presented.
It was from this debate that four young delegates decided to come together and form the organisation Youth Without Borders to look at how they could tackle this problem. The idea caught on, and it was a concept that was allowed to be introduced at the end of the summit at the Brisbane Town Hall closing ceremony.
The concept was an organisation that would focus on ‘project based collaboration‘ and youth run, youth led initiatives (for youth, by youth).
It was about not repeating what was already out there and making the most of the resources available. It was about bringing young people together to make things happen. The organisation started small but was fortunate enough to have the support of institutions such as Visible Ink and the Brisbane City Council who provided office space and mentorship.
Eventually, the three founding members in Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Lucy Hall and Sheannal (Anthony) Obeyesekere worked on the business model and kicked off the initial project with the help of another APCS delegate. That project is Kamar Buku.
The rest, as they say, is history…