Schools programme kicks off on Teesside
UnLtd bootcamp set to inspire a new generation of young social entrepreneurs
Students aged 11 to 14 from schools across Teesside are today taking part in a Social Action ‘Bootcamp’ to give them the opportunity to pitch for up to £500 of start up cash from UnLtd.
The bootcamp event marks the end of the first phase of our Start Something Social schools programme, an initiative involving around 100 Teesside students learning more about social entrepreneurship and social action.
The programme has been designed to help teachers incorporate themes around social entrepreneurship into their curricula and to support them with the delivery of courses. Currently only operating in Teesside, the programme is set to launch in selected schools in Lancashire from September.
The bootcamp is taking place at Middlesbrough Football Club and UnLtd is aiming to award between six and 10 young people to help make their social enterprise ideas a reality. Budding social entrepreneurs will be judged by a panel of their peers – aged between 15 and 25 – who will go on to help and support them on their social enterprise journey for up to 12 months.
UnLtd’s schools project manager, Louise Liddle, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to learn about social action through doing – by creating a venture they think is needed in their community. We’re delighted with the forward thinking schools that have come on board and have been able to use our toolkits successfully in their curriculum.”
Start Something Social is funded by the Cabinet Office and forms part of the Step up to Serve campaign which aims to double the number of young people participating in social action to over 50% by 2020.