Success all the Way: Students from The Bridge Academy awarded for their social action project in ‘Graduation’ at City Hall
On Wednesday, Assembly Member Jennette Arnold OBE AM joined groups of young people across London at the ‘Graduation’ of Envision UK Community Apprentice initiative at City Hall. Community-Apprentice is an inter-school competition that sees 16 & 17 year olds across London competing to make the biggest positive social impact in their communities. At the event, Jennette Arnold announced the winning team – ‘Game Changers’ from The Bridge Academy in Hackney.
Following a tough board room challenge, Game Changers won over the judges with their presentation on reducing knife crime in their local community. Over 240 young people from 12 schools have been taking part in the competition since September. In April, all teams pitched to their head teachers, heads of year and business mentors, and were judged on their social impact, skills development, and presentation skills. The best team from each school made it through to the semi-finals, which took place at Charles Russell Speechlys law firm in London. From this, four teams were judged to have gone above and beyond and made it through to the Boardroom Final which took place at Leathersellers HQ last week.
Ms Arnold, who became ‘Alan Sugar’ and was the lead judge for the evening, added: “these young people are a testament to the great things that they can achieve when they come together to combat an issue that they are passionate about.” Community-Apprentice is organised by Envision UK, a London-based charity that brings together local businesses, schools, charities and volunteers to provide a practical learning experience, which enables young people to develop the skills they need to succeed in work and life. In return, young people invest their time in developing social action projects. Jennette adds: “in light of recent events it is so important that we come together and contribute to our communities.”