Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Mission: Money Mentors is a Massive Success!

In response to the economic crisis, members of London Citizens decided they needed to better educate our young people to take responsibility with money. From this idea Money Mentors was born. London Citizens Schools Organisers in partnership with and Credit Action trained 30 undergraduates and recent graduates to be Money Mentors. The Money Mentors have then gone into our member schools to run a day’s ‘Mission:Money Mentors’ programme to teach students about budgeting, credit and debt and making smart shopping choices, in an active, inspiring way. The programme has been running throughout July and has been highly praised for delivering engaging and relevant learning:

* It was the best financial literacy day we have had and we would love to be involved again (Lampton School)
* Our Money Mentors were fabulous - thank you! (Hounslow Manor School)
* Thanks a lot for such a fantastic show last week. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the Money Mentors. I hope we can have it next year as well. (Central Foundation Girls School)

And – stop press – we have just heard word that J P Morgan will be funding the roll-out of the programme for two years – to enable more schools and more community members to benefit sustainably from the work. If your school is interested in being part of this opportunity please get in touch with me direct.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The CITIZEN:YOUTH Assembly - what a day!

So it was that hundreds and hundreds of active young citizens gathered at the O2 on Monday 12th July for a spectacular showcase, celebration and negotiation on all their change-making, community-organising work this year.   Young leaders led the entire event, and it capped off a phenomenal year for London Citizens and its schools, colleges, universities and youth groups.  Well done to everyone involved: check out the pics below!