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Pitch Perfect

Throughout the Community-Apprentice competition, which is running in nine schools across the city, students compete in teams to develop and demonstrate their skills whilst managing their own social action projects. LDE have two teams in the contest, Team Conquer Abuse who want to tackle bullying by running interactive workshops on the negative impacts bullying can have, and Team Tackling the Youth who are looking at ways to ease the problem of gang violence by running workshops to show its devastating impact on young people and providing alternative activities to a life of crime.

On 14th December, both teams pitched their project plans to local business leaders and were awarded £97 out of a possible £100 in funding to help implement their projects. In addition to this, Team Tackling the Youth scooped the People’s Choice Award in recognition of how well they engaged the whole audience. Jahin from Team Tackling the Youth said “At the beginning, I felt very nervous and anxious about the pitch as I was scared of public speaking. My confidence has developed, and I have also learned communication and team working skills”.

Speaking about the event, Francesca Barnes who was a judge on the panel said: “I was really impressed by the professionalism of the young people. All of the teams showed creativity in the way they pitched; from the use of space to deliver their presentations to their actual project ideas. The passion and enthusiasm to make social change in the room was infectious and I left feeling confident that with this younger generation our future would be in good hands.”

Both teams are looking to take this confidence and funding into 2018, where their ideas will become reality as they strive to make the biggest, most positive difference within their local communities.

For more information about the project and Envision click here