Learn to develop creative, community-focused projects

The six-month Sprout! Community program (formerly known as the Sustainable Impact Mentoring, or SIM, program) empowers emerging leaders to create positive impact through developing creative and innovative projects that meet local needs. 

The program connects participants with experienced mentors, and supports them as they develop their own group projects through the Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach. Over a six-month period participants take part in a series of monthly workshops on HCD, meet with their mentors and groups, and take part in reflective practices that help make the important connections between sustainable living, leadership and taking focused action in communities.

Participants will:

•    Learn to apply the Human-Centred Design approach that challenges conventional thinking about designing solutions

•    Experience conceptualising, incubating and implementing a project

•    Engage with local communities to understand existing needs

•    Develop lasting relationships and grow your networks 

•    Learn from skilled industry professionals through mentoring

•    Leave feeling confident and empowered that you can create a more sustainable future!

The HCD model can be applied in many different scenarios and can be used to design interventions that meet a wide variety of needs. Read more about HCD here. 

The program is also seeking mentors to work with participants. Interested in being a mentor? Apply here


Applications close Tuesday 9 April 2019 and successful applications will be notified on Friday 12 April.

Apply here for your spot on this program.

Participants must be available to attend all program dates.

Workshop 1: Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April 9am -5pm

Workshop 2: Tuesday 28 May 7pm-9pm

Workshop 3: Saturday 29 June 9am -5pm

Workshop 4: Tuesday 30 July 7pm -9pm 

Workshop 5: Saturday 31 August 9am -5pm 

Public showcase of completed projects: Saturday 21 September

Program closing and reflection: Tuesday 24 September 6.30 - 9.30pm 

* We estimate the program will take 10 - 15 hrs per month of your time, including workshops, meeting with mentors and general work involved. This fluctuates depending on size of project and prototyping time-frames. 

* Please note there are only 16  spaces available for the program.

Cost: To accept your place an administration fee of $107 must be paid by Tuesday 16 April. 

The program aims to be accessible to everyone and uses a Pay As Your Budget Allows You (PAYBAY) model. Each place is worth $781, but participants can make a donation towards their place based on their budget throughout the program without obligation. 

Groups are given up to $200 base funding for project prototypes and materials.  

For any inquiries, please contact the Program Coordinator, Kirsty Argento.


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Thursday, 04 October, 2018
Market stalls at the Armagh sustainability fair.

Participants in the 2018 cycle of the Sustainable Impact Mentoring (SIM) program presented their projects on 8 September at Armagh, and reflected on the program’s Human-Centred Design approach.

Wednesday, 04 July, 2018

The first Sustainability Fair at Armagh features planting day in the organic community garden, and a public showcase of community projects led by Sustainable Impact Mentoring program participants.

Tuesday, 03 July, 2018

The Sustainable Impact Mentoring (SIM) program is for people who are passionate about making a change, but don't know where to begin.

Friday, 01 June, 2018
Rubbish bin in landscape

Jean, a waitress at a café in Melbourne, noticed customers' use of plastic bags and takeaway cups. Determined to reduce the wastage and minimize its impact on the environment, she enrolled in the Sustainable Impact Mentoring (SIM) program run by Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA).