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2 April, 2007

Schools pitch Giving Nation Challenge projects to the Experts

Tomorrow, teams of young social entrepreneurs will be coming together at Deutsche Bank London to pitch their ideas to a panel of social enterprise experts, including Penny Newman MD of Café Direct and founder of the Big Issue, Nigel Kershaw.

The teams are taking part in the Citizenship Foundation’s ‘Giving Nation Challenge’ where classes are offered £50 to design and run a short term campaign to help others, using the model of a charity or social enterprise. Their pitches tomorrow will be filmed for a documentary about the project, to be screened on the Community Channel in June.

During the morning, one or two students from the three competing schools will present the social enterprise they have set up and run over the past five weeks to the panel before being questioned by the experts.


• Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire, where the ‘Clean it Up’ team are selling specially designed mugs to fund brightening up the local environment.

• Phoenix High School, West London, where the ‘Dolly Movers’ are setting up a series of ‘open mic’ music events to provide training and entertainment for local youth.

• Wilmington Enterprise College in Dartford, Kent, whose project ‘Generations’ is making CD Roms to help elderly people develop their computer skills.

The judges will be looking out for originality and appropriateness of original idea, good money management, evidence of teamwork and sustainability and of course, ‘wow factor’.

Further information

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Notes for editors:

1. About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

2. About Giving Nation

G-Nation is a web-based project run by the citizenship foundation to promote giving among young people. The website provides resources and fundraising ideas and runs alongside a schools programme for 11-16 year olds and G-Week, an annual schools action week. It is supported by government and various charities.

3. G-Nation addresses:

• Knowledge about charities

• Information regarding what might be termed 'intelligent' giving

• Programme will bring added value to work of charities by increasing understanding of their value to emerging generation

• Increase the active citizenship element of schools' support for charities

• Encourages YP to participate in structured volunteering within the school setting

4. The Giving Nation Challenge is funded by the Cabinet Office and plans to go national in April following this trial.

Charity Reg. No. 801360 Company Reg No. 2351363 Registered in England Registered Office: Citizenship Foundation, 63 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RS

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