Parliament Hill girls win £3000 for local youth mentoring charity Friendship Works

Local Year 9 girls at Parliament Hill Girls School, Sahra Mohamed, Zainab Al-Radhi and Sarah Khir have won a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) competition worth £3,000 to support Friendship Works.

YPI is an innovative nationwide citizenship programme aiming to get children involved with local charities and community. It asks pupils in schools to team up, pick their favourite local cause and make a presentation on why they think that charity makes the most positive contribution to the community. Presentations are judged by a panel and the winners are awarded £3,000 to benefit their chosen charity.

The girls chose Friendship Works because they wanted to champion the needs of children their own age who face challenges in life and need more support. They visited the charity to research the subject, find out more about mentoring, and talk to staff about the work they do, before creating presentations to give at a special evening event. The judges were James Davies, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Laura Cremer from Hodder Publishers.

Karen Arkell, Teacher of Citizenship and Sociology at Parliament Hill School, said:

“YPI has been an excellent project for the year 9 students at Parliament Hill School. It’s given them the opportunity to develop their independence, communication and presentation skills, which often they don’t have the chance to experience. What has been so unique about this project has been the responsibility attached, with a tangible prize of £3,000 and knowledge and investment in the charity, the competition to win has been intense. The girls have been so inspired and impressed with the charity, Friendship Works. They have spoken with such passion and enthusiasm for the mission it aims to address and have become genuinely invested in raising awareness, funding and promoting the exceptional work they do.”

Chief Executive Richard Turner commented:

“We’re delighted that teams at the school chose to represent Friendship Works and that their efforts will help us to support more children growing up in the Camden area. It’s exciting for us to see young people being so involved in their local communities, and reaching out to help each other in this way.”

The winning team attended the YPI London-wide presentation evening in Westminster on Monday 2 July to pick up their cheque for £3,000.