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Jeremy Chan has had extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector before starting Square One Skills. He worked as Chief Financial Officer of Australia's largest youth-run not-for-profit, UN Youth Australia Ltd, for 18 months before being elected to their Board of Directors as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee by his peers. He then served as Treasurer of the Sydney University Law Society ('SULS') in 2018 prior to his election as President of SULS for 2019. It was during his time as CFO that Jeremy first began to notice the systemic issue of low financial literacy skills and then his time as Treasurer that Jeremy first thought of the idea of Square One Skills. Having run financial education programs in UN Youth Australia and SULS to help build financial skills within the organisation, Jeremy began to focus on how he could empower individuals with fundamental financial skills in the broader community. The scope of Square One Skills was then broadened after he realised that the digital literacy skills of young Australians could also be utilised to improve the lives of older Australians with low digital literacy skills.
For more than 5 years now, Jeremy has utilised his skills to teach and educate. Outside of SULS and UN Youth Australia Ltd, Jeremy has taught music through his own music tuition company and taught high-school and university subjects as a private tutor and academic tutor for the University of Sydney. He has seen the power that education has on individuals and how it can shape someone’s life. Now, Jeremy uses his experience of managing not-for-profits and education to begin the Square One Skills movement. He hopes that Square One Skills will be an organisation that people can turn to when they lack fundamental life skills and have no other networks to turn towards.