Scar Stories launched its first book on Monday July 28 at Foxy Bean, Woolloongabba. It was a roaring success!
To connect is to thrive…and with Milaana’s help, we’re thriving!
No, Milaana is not the name of a super helpful woman, helping Scar Stories launch itself into greatness (although what a pretty name that would be). No, that woman would be Hollie Gordon, the founder of Milaana - a social business start-up that connects students and job seekers with the projects of community organisations, like us!
A recent university graduate herself, founder Hollie Gordon realized that if the importance of unpaid work experience was the new reality for most students, they may as well put their time and energy towards worthwhile causes and the organisations that support them. As she couldn’t find a platform to serve this niche, she created one!
I came upon Milaana through the usual avenue – a friend of a friend of mine. Well, I shouldn’t downplay it; people like Hollie and me are working hard every day to make the connections with the right people. And when we achieve this, magic happens.
Milaana means "to connect" or "to help people meet" in Hindi and that is exactly what Milaana.org does, bringing Community Organisations and Students together through these projects. So what happens is this: organisations register to promote the cause-driven projects that they would like help with; students browse projects according to their skills and the causes they care about, applying for their ideal positions; then the organizations select the best applicant and the impact placement ensues!
I registered Scar Stories with Milaana about a month ago, because we are in real need of honest help from hardworking young people with enthusiasm and a little more time on hand than the regular 9-5er. Within days I had an applicant. I did some networking at a Milaana event, and received a few more applications, but in the end I met Jess, the first applicant and, thank my lucky stars, a super keen chick ready to be our very first Event Supervisor.
Milaana's vision is to empower our youth, by increasing job readiness and community engagement, through project-based community internships. So we have empowered Jess...with a powerful task! Jess is going to supervise our next event – the Scar Stories book launch. This event includes live graffiti art, performance artists, guest speakers, two musicians, food, drinks, book sales, an exhibition, and a silent auction! It’s not going to run itself, and if I let it, it would run me and Kylie Cobb into the ground. But with the help of Milaana we’ve found a very capable Intern, ready to give her all for a good cause.
This is an extremely exciting time for Scar Stories. We’re experience rapid growth and starting a number of new projects simultaneously. We’re still searching for other enthusiastic people to come on board so head to www.milaana.org/organisations/61 and check it out.
This post is not about women in business. Nor is it about wine (and two bottles is nothing between five anyway, just saying). It is about being passionate enough to work for a cause; inspired enough to spend hours of free time working pro-bono; and ambitious enough to start an organisation from scratch.