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How would you help facilitate inclusion?

This challenge is closed and the winners have been announced

Challenge winners
GOLD: Annabel Wright
The gold winner of our LifeStart Challenges is Annabel Wright from Bangor University. She pitched Dynamic Classroom, a great way to facilitate learning by removing the walls of a classroom to implement the benefits of educating outdoors. She won £1000 in cash, £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher and work experience with Think for the Future. Congrats, Annabel!
SILVER: Jack Newton
The silver winner of our LifeStart challenges is Jack Newton from Bangor University. He pitched a clever billboard campaign using jigsaw pieces to motivate students to vote while they commute to uni. The jigsaw pieces each have their own QR code which lead to a website where students can unlock the full picture together. He won £500 in cash, £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher and the opportunity to make this idea happen with JCDecaux. They also get a mentoring session with Virgin Money. Nice work, Jack!
BRONZE: Eva Jenkins, Lore Brosens & Saskia Cillier
The bronze winner of our LifeStart challenges is Eva Jenkins and her team mates, Lore Brosens and Saskia Cilliers from Cardiff Metropolitan University. They pitched an easy-to-set-up banking app that helps you stay on budget with automatic budget updates and a virtual personal assistant. They won £250 in cash, a £100 Virgin Experience Days voucher and an internship and mentoring from Virgin Money. Well done!

What you need to know

The challenge

Problem behaviour in UK schools has major impacts on social equality, life success and the economic development of the country as a whole. Think for the Future’s philosophy is to enable and empower young people to thrive, rather than to simply survive.

Can you help develop innovative solutions that tackle pastoral and behavioural problems that are preventing young people from reaching their full educational potential?

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Think for the Future was founded by an ex-Enactus student in 2012 to tackle the problem of expulsions in schools in disadvantaged communities. Their programmes for schools match students with mentors who have real-life experiences in the issues they are facing (such as gang culture).

This creates a higher sense of relatability with their educators, and builds a greater level of rapport and respect, increasing the outcomes and impact.

At university Cherie White was a member of Enactus, the UK’s leading youth social action and youth enterprise education charity supporting over 3,000 young entrepreneurial spirits every year in 59 universities in the UK. It is part of a worldwide organisation which works with universities in 36 countries.

Enactus students transform communities and society through real-life social action and environmentally responsible enterprise.

 

 

What skills do you need to enter a challenge

What skills do you need to enter a challenge

This challenge is all about innovation. How you understand problems and then come up with creative ways to solve them. To do this, you need to appreciate the what causes the problem at its root.

Use creative thinking to develop potential solutions to encourage life success amongst students. You will need to engage a variety of skills including market research, idea generation, presentation and pitching.

Ideas to get you thinking

To get you started, read more about the subject:
Behaviour is a national problem in schools in England (The Guardian)
Bad behaviour is on the rise, say teachers (Channel 4)
– You could also think about joining Enactus UK

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Remember, you can be as creative and visionary as you like. We want to see great ideas and innovative applications of new technologies.

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