Sabrina resides in Toronto, Ontario where she is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University. She is entering into her 4th year in the Bachelor of Commerce program, double majoring in marketing and economics. Through her studies, she has garnered an interest in understanding the policies and practices pursued by governments to regulate citizens. In particular, Sabrina has found an interest in researching the education systems that are found worldwide and their impact on their respective nations. She hopes to further her knowledge on this topic and contribute to improving the systems that are already in place.

Sabrina’s social venture idea

For her social venture idea, Sabrina would like to address the issue of the unequal distribution of education provided to individuals across the world. Sabrina would endeavour upon this by offering affordable programs to children from underprivileged families to ensure they are receiving a great education so they can live to their full potential. By providing snacks, a friendly environment, educational guidance and educational activities, Sabrina would hope this would create a sense of excitement towards education. She would ensure the program would be a safe place for both boys and girls to aspire their bright futures.

Sabrina’s host organisation:

The London Early Years Foundation

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is a family of 38 community nurseries across London. As the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise, we work with communities and parents to enrich and extend children’s learning, so that each child is the best they can be. Since 1903 we’ve seen our organisation as a catalyst for long-term social change, as well as a successful business. By supporting the next generation of people who will shape our world to become healthy, happy adults, we are changing the world one child at a time.

Meet Sabrina’s mentors

Louise Cooper leads the business development team at LEYF. She joined LEYF in June 2013, bringing a rich and diverse set of skills and experiences from 17 years in the private sector, public and not for profit sectors. At LEK Consulting, she gained a strategy consulting skill set, which includes market and financial analysis, due diligence on acquisition targets and strategic reviews. She worked for the global retailer Tesco for 6 years, developing and delivering change programmes across stores, distribution and commercial functions, including in the supply chain to reduce carbon emissions. Prior to Tesco, she was in the Enterprise Team at the UK Government Treasury. She has also led UnLtd South Africa in Cape Town, a non-profit organisation which supports social entrepreneurs, and has worked with Boston based venture philanthropy fund New Profit. Louise was a trustee of UnLtd UK for 4 years. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MChem from Oxford University.

Charles teaches, researches and practices social entrepreneurship. His first stint at social entrepreneurship involved setting up a socially innovative community business centre in 1997. This initiative provided jobs and work experience opportunities for people in a deprived community in north London. Charles has a keen interest in developing new ideas for social enterprise sustainability and is excited about the opportunities to promote student entrepreneurship. He is currently working collaboratively on various social enterprise projects for students, staff and the global community. Charles is a Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise and MBA Social Enterprise Lead at the University of Greenwich-UK.