The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges for the for- purpose sector. While every organisation has had to deal with the unexpected, it’s undeniable that some organisations have been hit harder than others.

Given the significant need among young people in combination with the changes and challenges facing many youth sector organisations, we’ve written this paper to support those who work with and for young people.

The paper is based on insights drawn from interviews with youth sector leaders across the country and importantly, also contains the voice of young people.

Build Back Better Youth Paper V2




Times of Crisis Part One

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Beyond Government Relations

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Times of Crisis Part Two

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About the Authors

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Kuppal Palaniappan

Kuppal’s focus is supporting the social sector uplift its capability and acumen around strategy, technology and developing future proof business models for long term sustainability. Prior to joining Spark, Kuppal worked at Deloitte Consulting at the intersection of technology and private sector industries. She also worked on strategic projects across the health, disability and the not-for-profit sectors.


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Felicity Green

Felicity brings an international perspective to her engagements. Graduating Peking University with an MBA, Felicity entered the corporate consulting world as a business transformation adviser. A founding member of the Spark team, she has facilitated international strategy projects, developed expertise in NFP go-to-market approaches and was co-author of the briefing paper for the National Mental Health Commission review.

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Heather’s focus is on creating strategies and solutions that blend purpose, profit and pragmatism. Prior to working at Spark, Heather led a profit-generating business unit at an international charity. In this role, her efforts and skills were largely directed to partnership and program management, strategy development and implementation, and communications.