posted Jun 25, 2019, 4:04 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 4:05 AM ]

Over the last few months Year 10 students, as well as myself, have had the opportunity for some amazing experiences,  but before I start I would like to say a big thank you to Holyhead School for the opportunity that helped to develop a lot of our LORIC values and skills through this experience. 

So what is it? Envision. A program to develop young peoples’ employability by empowering them to tackle real-life social problems. There are a lot of things I have to tell you about this amazing experience. The first day of the program we went to Birmingham University where we met a lot of students from different schools and  the Envision coach who told us about what we should do for the next three months. We had to choose a charity to help and raise money for them; we chose the Hope Project. It’s a charity who work to support and empower homeless asylum-seekers barred from public funds in the West Midlands.This charity was chosen because it helps refugees to find peace that they didn’t find in their home country. 

There are three parts of the Envision program which are: an awareness raising challenge in the school, a fundraiser at a local business and a pitching challenge. Students also had a lot of business sessions with their coach. 

The first thing we had to do is raise awareness as the first of the three challenges; the Awareness Raising Challenge. Our team, Milestone of Hope, reached all of the students  in Holyhead School through creating an art piece and an interactive quiz. This was not without its challenges! Students faced their first challenge which was to put up a tent, this was not helped by losing a member of the team which made the process of work harder, but we never gave up, we kept  going and worked hard as a team.

The next challenge was the Fundraiser Challenge. For this challenge we  went to the HS2 office which allowed the team to practice their confidence in speaking to adults they do not know. Milestone of Hope delivered a presentation in front of them telling them about what has been done and what they are going to do next. We managed to raise an amazing £303.18 for their charity just from selling different types of food and different activities like selling samosas and cakes, doing henna, a ping pong challenge, creating caricatures and a guess the song game! Students have used their LORIC values and skills like leadership, communication skills as well as teamwork.

Finally there was the Pitching Challenge. We had to do a presentation in front of over fifty people from different schools about what we  did and how we did it. Everyone of us worked hard as a team from the first day, we enhanced all our LORIC skills and... we won! 

This meant that we were awarded a £500 cheque which we added to the money we raised. Awesome!

The students from Milestone of Hope should be is very proud of all they have achieved for the Community Apprentice and for the difference that they have made to their charity Milestone of Hope and in their community. Well  done everyone who was involved!

by Mariam C1