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A group of St Martin's students have earned positive praise from London business leaders for their performance in the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge run by Envision.  Throughout the Challenge, which is running in nine schools across London, students compete in teams to develop and demonstrate their skills whilst managing their own social action projects.  The winners will be those who make the biggest positive impact in their community.

Turning ideas into action

Before the New Year, the teams came up with ideas and developed them into a practical plan.  They outlined their motivations, set clear goals and identified the activities they will do to achieve this. Team Vitality aims to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in young people by running support programmes in the school. Team SSA wants to 'stop sexual abuse' by working with local partners to spread awareness of the issue and signposting where to seek help. 

Pitch perfect

On 14 December, both teams pitched their projects to local business leaders to secure essential funding. They were also looking for valuable feedback to help them improve their impact. The event was held at the headquarters of White & Case, a law firm in the City of London, and brought together ten teams from across London. Both St Martin's teams overcame their nerves and delivered successful pitches. Team Vitality were awarded £100 and Team SSA, £96, a fantastic effort from both teams! Matin from Team Vitality said of his experience of the Pitching Challenge, "I overcame my fear of talking in front of big crowds. Despite being nervous, I was able to speak confidently and clearly".

Speaking about the event, Francesca Barnes who was a judge on the panel said: "I was really impressed by the professionalism of the young people. All of the teams showed creativity in the way they pitched; from the use of space to deliver their presentations to their actual project ideas. The passion and enthusiasm to make social change in the room was infectious and I left feeling confident that with this younger generation our future would be in good hands!"

Both teams are looking to take this confidence and funding into 2018, where their ideas will become reality as they strive to make the biggest, most positive difference within their local communities!