My London My Legacy 2013

The traditional end of year award ceremony, My London My Legacy, saw Envision Grads steal the show as they led the celebrations as ambassadors, speakers, entertainers and hosts.

Their energy, passion and stories about their journeys were a true inspiration to this year's students as they finished their community projects and join the Envision alumni.

Over 200 young people across London descended on the Barbican Centre to celebrate the achievements made through this years team projects and it was as opportunity to encourage students to think about how they are going to continue their social action journey and carry on bringing positive change to their communities.

Students filled the Barbican art gallery to take part in variety of interactive stalls and activities which collectively captured the journey of all the Envision teams this year. One of the highlights of the interactive showcase was a gigantic map of London produced by artist and former Envision student, Wumi Olaosebikan. Students were invited to map their community impact by leaving messages and drawings of what they had achived this year.

Other stalls included a Twitter wall where students posted messages of how they will continue their social action journey, a unique careers stall that identified personal interests, skills gained through their projects and jobs to suit. There was also an assortment of fun and craft stalls including seed bombs and a smoothie making bike.

Envision Grads Amrit Kaur Lohia and Adeeb Waren took to the stage as hosts for the award ceremony, handing out 6 team awards and two life time achievement awards to mark the retirement of two of longest standing Team Mentors.

The highlight of the ceremony were the two inspirational speeches delivered by Envision Grad Keshav Bhatt and Amrit who shared accounts of their own personal journeys from Envision to where they are now. Keshav talked about how his Envision experience inspired him to launch his own social enterprise called Revolution Hive and Amrit spoke about the opportunities that she'd been able to access through Envision such as becoming the Youth Trustee and accessing new networks as an ambassador.

The first time anybody ever actually asked me, what do you want to change?' was when Envision came into my school in 2007. It was a sobering moment. There's nothing more exciting than being asked, 'what do you want to change?' and being given a blank piece of paper to plan it on. Thank you Envision for investing in me, a young self-doubting dreamer at school in Handsworth.

Keshav Bhatt, Envision Grad and founder of Revolution Hive

The event ended with more performances from two of our current students; spoken words artist Bliss and urban dancer, Warren, who amazed the crowd with their talents.

September will see Envision return to school across the city to deliver a new year of social action programme to another 800+ young people. If you'd like to find out how you can get involved as a team mentor, a corporate volunteer or a host school then please get in touch with Programme Manager Xenia Davies at xenia@envision.org.uk

Until next year...