The 2018 Activity Stay is coming to an end, but our final day wasn’t one for relaxing – we still had our Apprentice Challenge and Formal Dinner to look forward to!
We headed to breakfast, with many of the young people feeling quite apprehensive about the day ahead; we didn’t yet know our brief or who we’d be working with so there was a little fear of the unknown! The Apprentice Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to develop skills needed in the workplace. Many young people overcoming cancer miss out on some of their time in education, so it was such a valuable experience for them to meet and work with successful industry professionals to achieve their goals.
In the main hall, we met four industry professionals: Therese (Consultant), Lizzie (The Utley Foundation), Kirsty (eBay), and Ashley (John Lewis). They introduced themselves, then we split into our teams and went to individual rooms to discover our project brief.
This year, the young people were given the task of designing a brand new t-shirt to raise awareness and funds for Teens Unite. They also had to come up with a business plan, including costs and a marketing plan to promote the new shirt. Following a morning packed with brainstorming, we presented our designs to Quentin (Symbian), David and Martin (Design Religion), who brought them to life before they were sent to Alison (Ricoh) to be printed!
The next step was to present the new t-shirt designs to this year’s judges: Stephanie from Pretty Lavish, and Tim and Mark from Sesame Bankhall Group. The entrepreneurial skills of the young people at the Activity Stay really shone and we were blown away by all of the ideas presented. It was great to see everybody take part in the presentations – even those who were the most nervous at the start! The support that all of the young people gave each other was truly heart warming. After the final group had presented, we left the judges to decide who would be crowned the winners of the Apprentice Challenge while we went back to the house to get ready for our Formal Dinner!
We had been looking forward to getting dressed up for the formal dinner all week and it certainly did not disappoint. Sharon and Lesley from Arbonne kindly applied make-up for those who wanted to add a finishing touch to their look, before we all headed out to take lots of pictures in the stunning settings of Mill Hill School.
Over a delicious three-course meal, we reflected on the incredible week we’ve had and the lifelong friendships we’ve made. Everyone was in high spirits and it was such a special evening that we’ll never forget! Our CEO, Debbie, made a speech where she emphasised just how proud all of us at Teens Unite are of all of the young people and what they have achieved this week. They have all expressed their feelings and talents, and supported each other through a variety of activities – from art, to sport and music. Debbie also announced the winners of our Apprentice Challenge; Group 2 were crowned the winning team with their super stylish ‘TUF:)’ design. There were also lots of awards given out, including to Jessie who was applauded for rising to the challenge and Ciara who was recognised for her excellent presentation skills.
Emotions were high when some of the young people made speeches; Summer described how everyone constantly looked out for each other to make sure nobody was left out, and Yassine explained how Teens Unite is his second family, giving him the support he needs to fight his battle with cancer. We headed back to the house to dance the night away, for one last night of making memories with our new friends.
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