Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:00

Graduates grill business leaders

On July 3, Challenge graduates took part in an event entitled ‘The Big Conversation’. The event, held at the Royal Festival Hall, was organised by the Office for Civil Society and Business in the Community. Over 30 Challenge graduates joined other graduates of the National Citizen Service as they met top business leaders to scope opportunities for work experience and gain careers advice.

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The Challenge was an experience I will never forget! It changed my perspective and now I am determined to disprove negative stereotypes of teenagers. Doing The Challenge opened up new pathways of skills and experiences. Not only did I personally benefit, I also contributed towards reforming my local community; something only a few young people can say.

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On Thursday 15th December, 12 Challenge graduates were given the opportunity to speak out at a Model United Nations debate.

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On Saturday 21st April, over 100 Challenge graduates were part of a conference entitled ‘Enfuse London’ which took place at London South Bank University. 140 young people aged 14-19 joined forces with business professionals and leaders in other fields in a bid to take practical steps towards helping to reduce youth unemployment. The conference was organised by Enfuse Youth in collaboration with The Challenge Network.

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2011 Challenge graduate, Meg Kneafsey, has received international interest in a facebook campaign entitled ‘I amTherefore’. ‘IamTherefore’ is a photography based campaign aimed at challenging misconceptions and stereotypes through photography.

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On Thursday 16th February, 109 Challenge graduates took part in a mass overnight sleep out. The event, entitled ‘Street Dreams’, was organised by the Birmingham Challenge Society Youth Board and highlighted the plight of young people at risk of becoming homeless.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:00

Getting arty in Preston

On Wednesday 15th February, over 100 people attended a community art festival organised by Challenge graduates from Blackburn, Bury, Preston and Wigan. The event was entitled ‘CommunARTy’ and was held at The Salvation Army in Preston.

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Monday, 02 January 2012 00:00

Challenge graduates think big with o2

Saturday 21st January saw the launch of Challenge Community Action Teams. The new initiative is being run in collaboration with the ‘O2 Think Big’ campaign which allows 13-25 year olds to turn their ideas into reality. Budding social entrepreneurs are given up to £300 as well as training and support to run a project that betters their local community.

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On Saturday 10th March, 27 graduates took to the streets of Leamington Spa to highlight the issue of domestic violence. The event was organised to coincide with International Women’s Day and received coverage in the Leamington Observer.

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Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00

Graduates in action

Since January,Challenge graduates have formed over 13 Community Action Teams. Community action teams are social action projects led by graduates passionate about tackling a specific issue within their local area. Teams receive training and support from O2 and our year round graduate programme, The Challenge Society, to help turn their ideas into reality.

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