BACA Students earn their way to WE Day
A team of eleven students, who have been working to develop a way to distribute £4,500 of funding to local children and young people's projects, have had their hard work rewarded by winning tickets to attend WE Day at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
WE Day is an unparalleled event bringing together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers to celebration of young people making a difference in their local and global communities. Young people earn their way to WE Day by taking part in WE Schools, a yearlong programme that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change.
A group of year 7 through to 6th form BACA students travelled to Wembley on Wednesday 9 March, along with 12,000 other children and young people from across the country, to witness a range of inspirational talks and performances from well-known faces including; Rita Ora, Fleur East, Labrinth, Beatrice York, Holly Branson, Clive Owen, Nico & Vinz, Professor Brian Cox and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change.
“WE Day empowers young people to create change and impact social issues" Rita Ora.
Other highlights included talks from other children and young people speaking about what they are passionate about changing in their communities and globally and the action they have taken to make change possible.
In addition there were a number of stories from people who have had to overcome substantial physical barriers and challenges and yet have still gone on to make a real difference to others, in particular, Spencer West. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. In 2012, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair to bring the world’s attention to the devastating drought in Kenya. In 2013, Spencer completed an epic 300 km (187 mile) trek across Canada to raise awareness and money for Free The Children’s clean water projects.
The BACA steering group have worked since September to oversee the development of the Pegasus Award. The students designed a logo, devised a mission statement and developed the application process with a team of mentors from Lloyds Bank. The Lloyds group have worked with us from the outset, supporting the student group to think about all the key factors of managing the fund before making any key decisions.
“It’s been inspiring watching the students all contribute together to make the project take shape. Their teamwork and professionalism leaves me in no doubt that the money is in safe hands and will go to some very deserving causes.” Alex Page, part of the Lloyds Banking mentoring team.
Groups were able to apply for up to £500 to deliver "fun learning activities in Bevendean, Coldean and Moulsecoomb for young people (aged between 5 and 18 yrs. old) so that they can be safe, stay fit and be connected to their community.”
A total of 12 applications were received and the steering group selected eleven of them which will go to a whole school student vote next Wednesday 16 March.