Nick Hurd MP awards Social Action Team of the Year

This week the winners of the Envision Young Leaders social action team of the year travelled to London to receive their award from Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP.

The Envision team from Camp Hill School in Birmingham won the award for their city-wide campaign on body image which aimed to educate, encourage and empower young people to feel more confident about their appearance.

After being presented with their award the team spent nearly an hour speaking with the Minister about their social action project and the impact they made in their community. It was also an opportunity for the team to find out more about how their project fits into the bigger picture and to ask him questions about the role that young people have to play nationally.

“I think it’s really important to give young people the opportunity to get involved in making a difference in their communities. I think that’s really powerful and really important. It’s also a really good way of helping young people think differently about what they can do and what they can achieve. And it helps develop skills which employers are increasingly telling us are important.

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

Over 1,000 young people took part in Envision’s Young Leaders programme this year; challenged to design, develop and deliver a social action project that delivers positive change in their communities. Projects have ranged from renovation of community services and building intergenerational relations to campaigning against domestic violence and challenging youth stereotypes.

Over the 10-month programme the young participants have volunteered over 28,000 hours to bring their community initatives to life and 92% said they had developed new skills that will help them going into employment.