Tenille Gilbert - Class Of 2012
ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF FOR CHANGE CO. WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS IN THE YOUTH
Tenille gravitated towards social justice activities while at Loreto Toorak, including Friday Night School. She fondly recalls partaking in the Vietnam Pilgrimage during Year 11; this pilgrimage established her curiosity regarding international development.
After leaving school, Tenille spent six months in India volunteering at a local school and orphanage. Once home, she completed her Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University, focusing on community development.
During university, Tenille started a social enterprise, For Change Co. The business began by selling crepes and donating profits to youth homelessness organisations. Tenille is currently the Managing Director of For Change Co., which now employs 20 staff and has supported over 60 young people to move out of homelessness. Additionally, the business has created a community of like-minded individuals by offering opportunities for the public to contribute to social change by purchasing coffee or food.
Tenille is currently studying her MBA at RMIT University and focused on building the long-term sustainability of For Change Co. She is keen to plan overseas travel which will include learning from the thriving international social enterprise sector.
A Loreto education gave Tenille the foundation and confidence to achieve whatever she set out to do. Loreto Toorak's focus on social justice continues to drive her to create a better futures for those less fortunate than her.
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