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Young people from Edinburgh hailed as one of the UK's new pioneers


By Editor - Posted on 16 May 2008

Press release 15 May 2008

Young people from Edinburgh hailed as one of the UK's new pioneers

Young people from Castlebrae Community High School
in Edinburgh have been honoured for their pioneering campaign idea.
Lewis Blackley, Jamie McGovern and Emma McKie, age 13-14, won a Deutsche
Bank CHANGEit award yesterday for their campaign idea, We want to work. They were presented with the CHANGEit prize by GMTV presenter Ben Shephard at a ceremony in London.

Run by international leadership organisation Common
Purpose and sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the CHANGEit awards aim to show
that young people can make positive changes to society and to recognise
the achievements and ambitions of young people,
between the ages of 11-18, who are already doing so. The awards have
nothing to do with academic achievement or exam grades, but everything
to do with good citizenship and positive action.

Lewis, Jamie and Emma, age 13-14, won an Innovation award for their campaign idea, We want to work.

The group want to create work experience for individuals under 16 that
can provide practical training and skills and give them exposure
to a variety of jobs they might want to pursue in the future. They
feel job experience is very important, but there aren't many options
for under 16's to try things out.

The ‘We Want to Work' campaign has also been
generously supported by Miller Developments - part of The Miller Group,
the UK's largest privately owned Housebuilding, Property Development
and Construction business. Miller Developments
recognised the terrific potential of their student work-scheme idea and
contributed funds to ensure Lewis, Jamie and Emma could attend the
ceremony where they pitched their idea to the judges and received their
award.

Common Purpose Chief Executive, Julia Middleton, praises the finalists: "The We Want to Work campaign would
create tremendous opportunities for young people in Edinburgh. It shows
how young people can have a valuable leadership role
in society."

In the face
of mounting news coverage of youth crime, young people from around the
UK have been trailblazing positive change in their local communities
through unique projects and campaigns. Now they have been honoured for
these pioneering
projects through the Deutsche Bank CHANGEit Awards.

Campaigns to help
young people to manage their money or to providing networking sites for
young people with hidden disabilities are among the winners of the
CHANGEit awards. Winners were presented with the
CHANGEit prize by GMTV presenter Ben Shephard at a ceremony in London
yesterday.
 
Run by international leadership organisation Common
Purpose and sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the CHANGEit awards aim to show
that young people can make positive changes to society and to recognise
the achievements and ambitions of young people,
between the ages of 11-18, who are already doing so. The awards have
nothing to do with academic achievement or exam grades, but everything
to do with good citizenship and positive action.

CHANGEit consists of two categories: The Innovation
awards, for young people who have big ideas that deserve to reach their
full potential, and the Performance awards, for young people who
deserve to have their campaigning efforts recognised.
The winners in these categories are:
Performance winners ·       Matthew, 18, from Milton Keynes, who suffers from Dyspraxia, created Matts-Hideout.co.uk when he was 11. It began as a website for him to talk
about his frustrations with his disorder. He soon had a number of
readers and the website expanded into a forum for young people from all
over the UK and internationally to chat online about the issues they
face with Dyspraxia.
·

Marley, Georgina, Sian and Skyler, who are aged between 13-16, from Tairgwaith, Wales, came up with Circle of Youth and began producing regular
newsletters to inform people about local activities and the history of
their community. They have since produced 20 newsletters, a DVD on the
history of their small town and spearheaded the construction of a
garden for the local community to enjoy.  
·       Simon,
Jay, Rebecca, Kieran, Dean, Claire, Michelle, Celli, Nathan and Amy are
a group of 15 - 24 year olds from Wigan, who actively raising awareness
of lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGB) issues is their area. The B.yoU project run by Wigan Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS) is the
only youth group in Wigan county geared specifically for LGB youth and
its projects include an adaptation of Shakespeare's
play, Romeo and Juliet, which they used to express what it means to be
LGB.
 
Innovation winners ·

Emma, Jamie and Lewis, who are all 14 and from Edinburgh, are starting We Want to Work.
It is a campaign to create work experience for young
people under the age of 16 that provides practical training and skills
as well as exposure to a variety of jobs they might want to pursue in
the future.
·

Alex, 13, Henry, 13, Luke, 13 and Vignesh, 14, from Newcastle run Get Ca$h, Keep Ca$h. It is a campaign to inform young people about responsible
finances via a website.
·       Tara, 14, from London, is starting Smile with Style, a campaign which aims to encourage young people to help each other. Tara is working to
have young people from schools and youth clubs in South-East London design T-shirts to sell for the charity Smile Train and for funds to go back into local youth clubs.

Common Purpose Chief Executive, Julia Middleton, : "Young people have a valuable leadership role to
play in society. They haven't yet settled into a comfort zone and this
makes them brave, with less to lose by starting
new campaigns. It is a powerful freedom to be brave and not be too
focused, and they can use this to challenge the status quo and create
positive change."

Una Farrell, Communications Officer, Common Purpose, at una.farrell@commonpurpose.org.uk


· The winners are available for interview.
· Pictures of the winners receiving their awards are available on request.
· For more information about the CHANGEit awards and the winners, go to: <http://www.changeit.org.uk/> ·

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