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Envision is building a society where young people grow up with a sense of social responsibility, a desire to get stuck in and the skills to make a positive difference.

They were set up fourteen years ago by four young people who wanted to challenge the notion that young people are apathetic.  Today they operate in three cities (London, Birmingham and Bristol), have 30 paid staff, hundreds of volunteers and have grown to a movement of over 5,000 young people. Through our actions, we are influencing thousands more.   This year, for the first time, the Envision programme is being run at St Edmund Campion with 24 Sixth Form students from a range of different subject backgrounds and interests. 

They stimulate young people’s awareness of social issues and support them to develop and deliver social action projects to tackle the issues they care about.  Projects are wide-ranging, from tackling teenage pregnancy to breaking down barriers with elderly people, combating knife crime to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

This year’s programme is called Community Apprentice – like the popular TV programme.  Students from St Edmund Campion are competing against 19 other schools across Birmingham to have the biggest impact on their issue and win an overall prize.  They have three challenges to complete along the way and need to impress our Sir Alan Sugar, leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore to win the prize.

Students work in teams of between 8-12 people on an issue they are passionate about.  The two teams at St Edmund Campion are tackling the issues of Domestic Violence and Food Poverty.  Over the course of the year they will plan their project, complete the ‘doing’ part of their project and review and reflect on their project once complete.  This will enhance their key skills such as teamwork, problem solving and resilience which the students can feature in job and university applications as well as having tangible examples for these skills gained during the programme. 

Envision also offers students the opportunity to link up with a local business.  Every school has their own set of corporate coaches and St Edmund Campion’s are from CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate and investment firm.  There will be the opportunity to meet with their coaches four times throughout the year at their offices in Birmingham City Centre.  The coaches will enable students to develop core competencies such as project planning, budgeting and leadership skills. 

Envision is a volunteering opportunity that gets the students involved and passionate about social action and making a real change to their communities.  As recognition of this, they offer students the chance to achieve a V50 certificate.  This is a certificate given by the UK’s leading youth volunteer charity vInspired.  The V50 certificate is given when a student has volunteered for 50 hours or more.  The weekly hour long Envision sessions count towards this, as well as the corporate coaching sessions and any other time the students spend working on their Envision projects. 

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