London’s Graduation Celebration

On the 1st July, over 200 young people, charities and supporters came together for the 2018-19 Community-Apprentice Graduation at City Hall, London. Here we celebrated the young people’s achievements and announced the overall winners.

The ceremony began with an opportunity for the young people to demonstrate their confidence by networking with variety of social action charities such as #iwill campaign, Young Londoners, Campaign Bootcamp and Extinction Rebellion. Our charity guests were impressed with the young people’s passion and creative approaches to social action. It was also an opportunity for our young people to understand how they can continue to make a positive impact on society beyond our Community-Apprentice programme.

 It was then time to recognise the young people’s achievements during their ten months on the Community-Apprentice programme and the skills they’ve developed along the way. Hearing about the young people’s commitment, creativity and determination in creating high-quality social action projects left a strong impression on  our guests, which included corporate partners, Tri-City Cycling Challenge participants and other supporters.

Representatives from Envision’s business partners presented awards to the teams who exemplified specific skills in the Envision curriculum, including team-working, problem solving, creativity and grit. The Programme Coordinators also took this opportunity to thank the Business Mentors who have generously invested their time in the young people and helped to inspire them to realise their full potential. Special recognition goes to Stonehage Fleming who won Business Partner of the Year 2019 and to Chris Williamson from TLT Solicitors who won Business Mentor of the Year.

The biggest award of the night was reserved for the winners of this year’s Community-Apprentice, #ItsAboutTime from Acland Burghley School, who ran a powerful campaign addressing sexual harassment. The judges were impressed with all the finalists, however #ItsAboutTime stood out for not only demonstrating the four key Envision skills but for their project’s ‘real world solution’.

Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney presented the winners with their award and said:

“It was positive to see the impact that the young people involved in Envision’s Community-Apprentice have been making in their local communities over the last 10 months. I’ve been impressed by their commitment to tackling important issues that impact not only London, but our society as a whole. I’m proud to know that London’s young people are committed to making our city the best it can be.”