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Envision: the Ultimate Challenge for Birmingham’s young people
This weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing Envision, the charity set up to challenge the stereotype of ‘youth’, in action.
On Saturday, the Truth About Youth project launched The Ultimate Challenge where 16-19 year olds were charged with the objective to walk amongst Birmingham City Centre’s public and change their perception from the youth of today being apathetic to being engaged with the issues of the day.
Working in teams, they had challenges ranging from simply speaking to the public one by one (50 points), to taking a photo with them (5), to making a 60 second film to interviewing a local Councillor (80).
Everyone met in the We Are Birmingham shop to be briefed and upon my arrival; I’m delighted to see not only Envision staff and volunteers full of energy but the young people gathering and very much ready to take on the challenges of the day.
I must admit I expected hoards of scruffy teenagers but what I witnessed were young people sitting in their teams, with team names including the Dynamos, the Tigers, the Piranhas and not forgetting the Warriors, all plotting their strategy to be the best team of the day. The winner, the one with the most points will win a year’s free mentoring from local young, entrepreneur Jamie Dunn.
After the event, I spoke to Nasra from Cadbury College who said she got involved after being shown a presentation about charity activities and fundraising. She loved working in a team and bonded well with people she had just met. Nasra says, “The hardest challenge was getting the public to be on film but we overcame this by being extra nice and polite to them!” They managed to make two films and now Nasra is inspired to do a lot more for the local community.
In all, 10 teams of 8-9 young people got involved and the winning team of the Ultimate Challenge will be announced via Facebook today (Tuesday 15th March).
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