Our 2019 NGAs are well underway with many Birmingham Secondary Schools returning to participate, plus a number of new participants including Oscott Manor Special School, St George’s School and King Edward VI Aston School. We are also delighted to confirm that Selly Oak Trust School are participating again after a break of a few years.

Three assessment panels have already taken place but May and June promise to be busy for our assessors and the Citizenship Committee would welcome any new volunteers that are able to spare a couple of hours to assist in judging our young citizens’ project ideas for addressing issues faced by Birmingham’s communities.

In addition to the current year’s activity, the two teams that were awarded prize money and mentoring last October are currently working with their mentors to put their projects into action.

The 2018 winning team from Turves Green Girls’ School are working with their UpRising mentor Jade to develop their ‘Elderly Explore’ project which plans to run events for local elderly residents to prevent loneliness and social isolation. They are planning to hold an event in the summer term and we hope to have an update for you on their progress soon.

St Paul’s School’s Dream Team [see photo above] who were awarded second prize have been matched with UpRising mentor Beth to help them to shape their idea to create a sensory space or area for people with ADHD and ASD to go to in their local community. A site in their community farm has now been selected and plans are well underway to making this safe haven a reality for local residents to enjoy.

If you would like to get involved in the Next Generation Awards project by offering a few hours of your time to help assess the projects created by young participants or have contacts within Birmingham’s Secondary Schools that might be able to help us get more schools involved please contact our Project Manager Jo Dunlop.