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Envision at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Year 9 students announced the WINNING TEAM of the Community Apprentice programme after presenting to a panel of professionals.

On Friday 10th May, a group of 12 students from Year 9 completed and won Envision’s Community-Apprentice competition. Team Street Doctors Jr. have been supporting the charity Street Doctors, a local charity which change lives by giving young people the skills and confidence to deliver lifesaving first aid, particularly in the event of stabbings.

After 13-weeks as Community Apprentices, Team Street Doctors Jr. have completed three challenges: an awareness raising challenge in their school, a fundraiser at a local business and a pitching challenge where they presented about their journey at an inter-school event, held at Aston University. Team Street Doctors Jr. competed against four other schools to demonstrate their skills and development of determination, confidence and teamwork, as well as their overall commitment to making a difference in their local community. They clearly impressed both the judges and their coach, Katie, as they were decided to be the winning team!

Over the course of the Community Apprentice competition, Team Street Doctors Jr. have dedicated just under 300 hours to their project. The team were not only the youngest in the competition, as they competed against other year 10 groups, but they also won a competition between all 5 schools to earn the highest number of stamps (awarded by learning new skills and techniques) by February half-term. So well done Team Street Doctors Jr.!

Their Challenges

At the first of the three challenges, the Awareness Raising Challenge, Street Doctors Jr. managed to spread the word to the whole school about their charity by: creating a display about the charity, which they presented across a main corridor in school; creating a quiz and presentation about the charity which they sent to all forms in school; each wearing red to show support for their charity; and creating a poster about Street Doctors to put up on all noticeboards around the school. By doing all of this the team not only became experts on their charity, but also showed an improvement in the confidence and teamwork skills!

The second challenge, the Fundraising Challenge, allowed the team to practice their confidence in speaking to adults they do not know as they set up a stall at GKN Driveline, see below for more information about this partnership. They raised money by: selling sweet treats and samosas to GKN staff; encouraging employees to throw sponges at their managers; and holding a penalty shootout game. In just over an hour, Street Doctors Jr. raised an amazing £176.23! They completed this challenge to a very high standard and showed of their salesmanship skills!

For their final challenge, the students presented in front of a panel of judges at Aston University about their journey throughout the Community Apprentice programme. Street Doctors Jr. decided to make their presentation creative by using the analogy of sat nav directions, to demonstrate the journey their team has been through! It was great to celebrate all that Street Doctors Jr. have achieved and the impact that they have made during this inspiring inter-school event.

Exposure to the Workplace

Each school in the competition was partnered with its very own Business, who provided volunteer mentors to guide and encourage the team with their projects and encouraged them to develop skills that employers are looking for. Street Doctors Jr. were partnered with GKN Driveline.

Street Doctors Jr. had the incredible opportunity of visiting GKN Driveline three times over the past three months. The business mentors provided the students with examples of how to develop key skills of teamwork, confidence and determination: reinforcing how valuable these skills are in their own jobs, and when accessing the workplace in general. Trips to GKN Driveline have given students the unique opportunity of gaining exposure to the workplace and boosting their employability skills.

One of the mentors from GKN Driveline, Daniel Achy was also clearly impressed with the students as he said that they were ‘a great bunch of young people, they were outgoing and supported each other!’

The students from Street Doctors Jr. should be really proud of all that they have achieved on the Community Apprentice and for the difference that they have made to their charity Street Doctors and in their community.

Well done Street Doctors Jr., a truly deserved win!!

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