The Pitching Challenge- Birmingham 2019

Young People present in front of judges to be crowned winners of Community-Apprentice 2019

120 young people from 10 schools across Birmingham came together on 13th December to compete in the final challenge of the Community-Apprentice programme... The Pitching Challenge.

These young people have been working on social action projects over the past 13 weeks with the help of our Envision Coaches; Phil & Holly, and the incredible volunteer mentors from businesses in Birmingham. 

Young people chose to support local charities working to reduce youth violence, support refugess, end youth homelessness and strive for a greener Brum.

Through the Awareness Raising Challenge they spread the word about key issues our city is facing to peers in their local schools and communities. Through art installations, assemblies and workshops they succesfully reached 1000's of young people in their area and inspired others. 

I am so proud that I have worked with everyone in a team to achieve what we have achieved.

Student, St Edmund Campion Catholic SchoolCatholic School

At the Fundraising Challenge, our Community-Apprentice's succesfully raised over £2500 for local charities. These fundraisers were hosted by our wonderful business partners and saw young people selling an array of cakes and samosas and hosting games and activties that employees across the whole company could be involved in. Young people spoke passionately about the issues in their community and the charities they were supporting. 

For many young people on our programme they rarely get a chance to speak to a proffesional adult outside of their school environment. The business mentors have provided aspirational role models for these young people and have given them an insight into the working world. Business mentors have developed skills in coaching and working with young people whilst developing a greater sense of understanding around issues affecting the youth of our city. 

I knew any kind of mentoring would be beneficial for both myself and the young people, but I didnt expect such a fantastic experience. Envision took away the organisational headache, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the programme and give our best selves to supporting the young people. The way the programme ran gave both the mentors and the young people a chance to flourish

Amy, Chair of Birmingham Profressional Servies Future Engage Committee

The Pitching Challenge saw teams deliver their pitch in front of a panel of judges from a wide range of organisations in Birmingham, including the WMPCC, Aston University, Birmingham City Council and The West Brom. Each team competed for an additional £100 grant for the charity they were supporting. With such a high calibre of presentations, the judges had to undergo a difficult deliberation process. In the end, our judges awarded Team Granting No Knives from St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Team SBBA from Broadway Academy as our Community-Apprentice champions.

It was great to be involved in the Pitching Challenge. I was so impressed with the work and effort all the young people put into the presentations and enjoyed learning about all the work they had undertaken on their projects.

Neil Noakes, Company Secretary, The West Brom