TroubleSmiths is a youth social enterprise powered by positivity and hard work.
Our team is made up of 15-24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment; but who have taken their futures into their own hands and volunteered to work with us in exchange for skill development, support, and good vibes!
Like most people, everyone who works at TroubleSmiths has run into some sort of ‘trouble’, barrier or challenge in life. Maybe they have low literacy or numeracy. Perhaps they have experienced unplanned parenthood. Some may have mental health challenges. And it’s likely they may be having trouble accessing support to get a driver’s license or a car.
Like any craft or small business, the journey of a TroubleSmith is about creative thinking, problem solving, tenacity and self-belief. That’s why ‘Smith’ is a good analogy – it brings to mind a masterful worker who takes pride in what they do. A ‘Smith’ takes something (like Trouble), and makes something beautiful and valuable out of it.
Often, our ‘Smiths are misjudged and labeled as troublesome, misfits, or ‘dole-bludgers’ (that old chestnut). But instead, we see potential. We see dreams, and aspiration, and human beings with unique talents who just want to catch a break.
Through the support of Impact Communities’ YES Initiative, our ‘Smiths have access to life and professional/employment coaching, and backing to break through their self-identified barriers to reach their personal goals.
We know that given this opportunity, our ‘Smiths work hard at overcoming their troubles, and produce some damn fine products along the way!
And so, the name TroubleSmiths is a cheeky nod to the naysayers; and speaks to the strength of our team and their capacity to be masters of not only their craft, but their own lives.
Our TroubleSmiths wear the name with honour, proudly saying:
“Despite the odds, through my hard work I made it.”
Troublesmiths is the social enterprise element of the Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) initiative.
YES is part of the EmpoweringYOUth Initiative, and operates out of Impact Communities, the community arm of Workskills.