14 Dec 2017
Youngsters Say NO to Knives and NObesity as part of City Pitch, our dragon’s den style leadership programme which encourages children to step up and deliver social action ideas in their community. City Pitch is delivered partnership with the BE OPEN Foundation.
We worked with 12 primary and secondary schools to identify the issues they want to tackle in their communities with the young people receiving support in the form of a Leadership Day to work on their skills and explore ideas. The top six schools were invited to City Hall to present their community projects for the chance to win some funding money towards implementing the project. Prior to their City Hall visit, they were supported with a Workshop to develop their proposals and hone their pitching skills.
Each school received £1,500 to deliver their projects, with Sheringham Primary School, Newham receiving an extra £1,500 from Be Open for their continuing work on female empowerment.
The six projects and schools were:
Go Girls, Sheringham Primary School, Newham
Fighting the issue of gender inequality and encouraging girls to be the leaders of the next generation. They want to start up career talks, trips to local businesses and a campaign promoting gender equality in their community.
NObesity, Vicarage Primary School, Newham
Promoting healthy lifestyles by holding a fun fit day, along with a dance for local elderly people, to help everyone in their community stay active and healthy.
Happy Health, Mayfield School , Ilford
Bringing a smile to terminally-ill children who are in hospitals in London, by putting together gift packages.
A Paw for a Hand, Little Ilford School, Ilford
Combatting loneliness in the elderly community by starting up sessions where local animal shelters can bring their pets to interact with elderly people in care homes.
Homeless Survival Packs, Harris Primary Academy Phillip Lane, Haringey
Creating survival packs containing socks, shoes and warm clothes to help homeless people during the winter.
Say NO to knives, Springfield Community Primary School, Hackney
Campaigning to educate the local community and raise awareness about the dangers of gangs and knife violence.
If you are a school and want to take part in City Pitch 2018, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.