This summer across Birmingham 540 young adults from a variety of backgrounds will be finding out how they can take their place in the Big Society by ‘making a contribution’ to the place where they live.
The group of 16 year olds will be taking part in ‘The Challenge’ which will enable them to develop skills and then put them into action by organising events to stimulate community cohesion.
Teams will be presented with 3 challenges which will also equip them for the future in the workplace:
• The Personal Challenge involves undertaking a series of outdoor physical activities to overcome fears, build confidence and bond within socially mixed teams.
• The Team Challenge – during which teams learn a new skill (sport, media, photography, performance or enterprise) and use it as a medium for interaction with local community groups.
• The Real Challenge – enables young people to come up with their own ideas to design a fundraising event for a local charity and a campaign to raise awareness about a local issue. Ideas are pitched to a panel for funding and feedback and are delivered over 4 weekend days in the autumn.
Working with the Children Young People and Families directorate and the organisers, Councillor Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources at Birmingham City Council, has supported the initiative as part of his community cohesion portfolio. He comments:
“The Challenge is a youth and community programme that exists to inspire and connect young people across Britain to strengthen their communities. It is a great practical demonstration of the role young people can play in their own communities which is one of the essential building blocks of the Big Society Model and meets one of the council’s key priorities, that of making a positive contribution.”
Participants from The Challenge will be presented with awards for their achievements by Cllr Alan Rudge at Birmingham University on 24th October 2011.
For more information about how you can get involved with, or support The Challenge contact Daina Zvidra on 020 7921 4406.
The Challenge Network
For more information about the youth challenge project contact Daina Zvidra, External Affairs Associate
m: 07908 944 335 t: 020 7921 4406.