Luton’s youth give back to society
First Give and Lea Manor High School have joined together to help young people give back to their communities and speak out for causes they believe in.
The whole of Year 8 at Lea Manor High School took part in the First Give programme, where students investigated social issues and met with local charities that address those issues in their community. The students then made professional presentations about their chosen charity and competed with each other in a public speaking competition to win grants for their charities.
32 Year 8 finalists took part in the School Final event at Lea Manor High School on Wednesday the 29th of March where pupils at the school won grants totalling £1,500 for charities in their local area. It was a truly special night where 7 teams delivered outstanding professional and emotive presentations to a room full of parents, charities and a panel of judges.
Cancer Research UK came away with £1,000 after a heartfelt and powerful presentation which included the teams’ personal experience with cancer. The students expressed that they’ll continue to fight against cancer regardless of the result of the competition.
Scope received £250 after an emotive performance and Keech Hospice Care also won £250 after a strong and humorous presentation.
A student from the team representing Keech Hospice Care said: “First Give inspired us to go forward and do more with charities, because you don’t actually realise the difference you can make.”
The Mayor of Luton, who judged the event, said: “It was very exciting and interesting to see young people with such passion and commitment for these charities. First Give gives young people a voice and contributes to social justice and fairness.”
Amanda Simpson, the Headteacher at Lea Manor High School said: “First Give has inspired our students to be empowered and to go out there and make a difference- we’re HUGELY proud of our students!”
Lea Manor High School is one of 140 Greater London schools taking part in the First Give programme this academic year, meaning that over £200,000 will be won for local charities by local children all over the Greater London area.
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