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The Future Mentoring Academy launches a new initiative in partnership with the Birmingham Civic Society

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The BPS Birmingham Future Mentoring Academy is delighted to be launching its next initiative in partnership with the Birmingham Civic Society.

Continuing the success of the Aspire and Future Mentoring schemes, and alongside the brand new Reverse Mentoring Scheme, the Future Mentoring Academy invites mentors to work alongside this year’s winners of the Next Generation Awards (NGAs).

What are the NGAs you ask? The Birmingham Civic Society has been running the Next Generation Awards (NGA) for eleven years with the aim of promoting active citizenship among young people from all backgrounds in the city. Launched in 2006, the NGAs bring young people together in teams to devise a plan to improve one aspect of life for people living in Birmingham. To date, the project has engaged over 24,500 pupils, with teams receiving a Gold, Silver or Bronze award depending on the calibre of their proposals. The award scheme is an assessed, project-based programme for 11-14 year-olds run within Birmingham Schools.

On Thursday 6 October at RBS, Josh from Bartley Green School beat four other Birmingham schools in the final of the 2016 NGAs. Josh’s idea aims to tackle child obesity and focuses on warning people about the dangers of sugar and the alarming proportion of sugar in many of the foods we find on the supermarket shelves.

The team selected as runners up this year was the Homeless Care Packages team from King Edward VI Handsworth for Girls’, and they were also delighted to be awarded £1500 to get their project off to a flying start.

There was a rather exciting development in the scheme this year, for the first time the Birmingham Civic Society awarded £1500 to the two strongest teams to put their projects into action. The £1500 prizes were very kindly donated by Newman University and The Birmingham Civic Society.

This year, supported by the Future Mentoring Academy, the two successful teams will also be paired with a mentor to support them through the execution of their project. Mentors from the Business Professional and Financial Services sector will provide guidance and advice on how to develop the wonderful projects. That’s where you come in. We are looking for mentors to support the winning teams to roll out their community project.

What are the criteria? We are looking for someone who:
• Will have commitment to the project and the students you will be supporting
• Is enthusiastic and will support the students effectively to manage their project
• Is able to motivate young people
• Wants to make a different to Birmingham by supporting community projects
• Is able to give time at least once a month to visit the team

If you would like to hear more or apply to be a mentor on this scheme please get in touch with Amelia Ladbrook