This summer saw WildHearts return to The UK Houses of Parliament, accompanied by over 100 inspirational school students, alongside our closest friends and partners. The event was a celebration of The WildHearts Schools Programme, which provides a combination of employability training, sustainability workshops, and mental health support, designed to empower the next generation.
The event provided a unique space for school students to reflect on their experiences and celebrate their achievements. Most students in attendance had participated in Micro-Tyco Innovate, our Global Innovation Competition which encourages students to work together to create entrepreneurial solutions to a social or environmental issue in their school or local community – inspired by The UN SDGs.
Some examples from our award-winning teams included setting up a peer-to-peer school support system, distributing care packages to the homeless, and implementing an electricity-generating pad in public spaces to create a renewable source of energy. The ideas are developed in collaboration with WildHearts Schools Partners: Nestlé, Linklaters, Zurich, Barclays, Sopra Steria, BNP Paribas and Wesleyan, who were in attendance to hand out awards to top performing teams. This meant, in addition to receiving recognition, students were encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to network with leading industry professionals from leading global brands.
Jacob Ayre, the Community and Citizenship Officer at Wesleyan, discusses how inspiring he found the occasion in his blog post. He talks about the insights he gained from networking with WildHearts School students, notably their passion about making a positive impact on society, and how this will help inform his own strategy moving forwards.
Everyone attending had the opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial excellence of the next generation and recognise students’ inspirational dedication to their communities. To find out how your organisation can get involved and support The WildHearts Schools Programme or if you have a school in your community and would like to get involved, email us: email@example.com