Social Action Project with Centrepoint and YBS

Students from the Co-operative Academy of Leeds chose to raise money and awareness of youth homelessness for national charity Centrepoint with help from business mentors at Yorkshire Building Society.

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FOCUS: Help students learn about local social issues and develop valuable and diverse skills and behaviours that will help them in their future life and careers.

15 students from Years 7 - 11 at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds organised this social action project where they were asked to work with their local community to help raise awareness of social issues.

13 business volunteers from Yorkshire Building Society helped the students, all from the school's Stephen Lawrence group, develop their ideas to help one of their nominated charities, Centrepoint, and they decided to do a Sleep Out to raise awareness of youth homelessness as well as sponsorship.

The mentoring and coaching took place over three sessions with the coaches helping students to hone their plans and maximise impact for Centrepoint. This included advice on a range of aspects such as logistics, fundraising, recruitment, marketing and health and safety. The students ran assemblies and fundraising activities such as bake sales to raise awareness of youth homelessness and encourage more students to get involved.

50 students took part in the Sleep Out at the Shine community centre in Harehills on 23 February and the students raised over £2200. Students took away valuable skills from the project such as taking initiative, actively participating, managing a project, critical thinking, setting and delivering against goals, building relationships and friendships, appreciating diversity and developing empathy.

“This is a really powerful way for pupils to gain a small insight into what some young people sadly have to go through – young people not much older than they are now. I’m so proud that everyone at the Academy has thrown themselves into this social action project, and confident we will raise lots of money for Centrepoint and its vital work to support homeless young people.”

Mr Mitchell, Principal, The Co-operative Academy of Leeds


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