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The Co-op Programme

With support and funding from the Co-op Foundation, we designed and delivered a youth-led social action programme for the Co-op Multi Academies Trust. Working with teams of year 8 students from Co-op Academies across the North-West of England, each team produced their own unique social action project, tackling an issue affecting their school community.
The Co-op Programme

Scaling the Envision Programme

During the launch event at the Etihad Stadium in March, students from each academy started to think about the social issues that matter most to them and their team and how they could effectively make a positive difference in their school or local community. There were many fantastic ideas and with the support of the Envision team and their teachers, the young people started to get creative and plan the social action campaigns they would be developing over the coming weeks.

The power of youth voice

During the launch event at the Etihad Stadium in March, students from each academy started to think about the social issues that matter most to them and their team and how they could effectively make a positive difference in their school or local community. There were many fantastic ideas and with the support of the Envision team and their teachers, the young people started to get creative and plan the social action campaigns they would be developing over the coming weeks.

Each team presented their projects to a panel of judges made up of Dr Chris Tomlinson, CEO of Co-op Academies Trust, Nick Crofts, CEO of Co-op Foundation and Elizabeth Paulson, CEO of Envision UK.

As the teams shared all their hard work, we saw videos of in-school cultural celebrations, props from project activities, signs with research statistics, and were even given stickers – it was certainly a stiff competition, and the judges had a very difficult job on their hands!

Ultimately, the winners were Co-op Academy North Manchester whose project focused on creating an anti-racist environment in their school and educating other young people at local primary schools about this topic.

Bettering themselves and their communities

Through each team’s project delivery and at the previous cross-school events we saw impressive demonstrations of the four essential skills – communication, creativity, determination, and teamwork – which had been developed as the young people worked away at their projects. The final event was no different, and we were truly blown away by how much these young people have achieved in just 13 weeks.

It’s been a pleasure to work in partnership with the Co-op Foundation and Co-op Academies Trust. We’ve been endlessly impressed with every team, from their passion for and commitment to creating positive changes to issues they’ve identified in their school communities, to their incredible creativity in both ideas generation and project presentations.

A huge well done to every academy for their fantastic campaigns!

JC

Written by:

Jo Clark

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