King’s College London Students in Free Enterprise
Our Work (in a nutshell) 2010-‐11
SIFE at King’s College London The future could not be brighter…
A quick guide to SIFE, our projects, events, and why you should get involved. With so many diverse projects running, leadership roles to take on, and the possibility to set up a project of your own within the huge support network of KCL SIFE, the opportunities for 2010-‐11 really are limitless!
This booklet covers:
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Why SIFE? This year’s projects What to look out for How to join!
What could you do?
10 things you’ll be missing out on if you don’t join us this year:
The opportunity to be part of one of the most successful SIFE teams in the country (national champions 2009, runners up 2010).
The chance to profoundly affect others’ lives by empowering individuals to make significant sustainable changes in their lives, businesses and local community.
Creating a project of your own with the unique guidance of our local, national, and international support network of advisors.
Developing new skills: from project management and fundraising through to diplomacy and policymaking, right through to beekeeping and candle making: SIFE has it all! The unparalleled opportunity to come into direct contact with our group of 84 esteemed business executives and third sector officials. Looking after a network of over 200 bright, enthusiastic students as part of our management team.
National and international travel opportunities: experience weekend, regional and national competitions, the world cup in Kuala Lumpur, our huge projects in India and Uganda and many more!
The chance to stand up and present our work to 100 CEOs, senior partners and managers from some of the country’s top businesses at the national competition in April.
Constant social events and involvement with projects will put you in touch with like-‐minded friends from around the world, representing every degree speciality at King’s. Make yourself proud! Whatever your level of involvement, your work with SIFE will give others opportunities beyond their wildest dreams, and inspire in them the confidence to maintain that change!
Making changes in our local community
Could you… rehabilitate an ex-‐offender and help them rediscover their place in society? Break the Cycle will empower ex-‐offenders to lead new and successful lives upon their release; providing them with the knowledge and skills they need in order to maximise their chances of success in the employment arena. By harnessing the power of multimedia, we will be able to reach a target audience well in excess of that accessible by individuals alone. We will develop and produce a DVD that illuminates key aspects of the job searching process, such as the interview process, and that challenges individuals to look again at the skills they have acquired during their rehabilitation so far. Motivational talks will be given by other ex-‐offenders, particularly those who have found success in the world of work by employing the skills we seek to highlight. Our aim is to encourage ex-‐offenders to consider the world of work as a real possibility: planting a seed for change. We need dedicated researchers, actors, production assistants and public speakers to work alongside production advisers from ITV, skilled videographers and representatives from the third sector. For more information, contact project leader Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could you… inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and make a real difference in the schools of London? Enterprise Explorers uses interactive workshops with primary school
children to teach them about business and supports them to establish their own eco-‐friendly enterprise. This year the emphasis has been on inner-‐city gardening and the benefits of growing your own vegetables. This year we need more volunteers to roll out this programme to more children around our capit al. We will train all new members on how to work with school children and develop their own awareness of environmental issues. If you would like to get involved with eco-‐economics as a student or advisor, please contact project leaders Beth and Fliss at email@example.com.
Could you… help A level students engage with science by designing a new drug?
Investigate was designed in 2008 with the aim of promoting commercial science careers among high school students, by showing them how science works “outside the classroom” in the production of new drugs. The project also gives university students on science courses the chance to share their own knowledge and experience with high school students, as well as develop valuable marketing, team work, communication and leadership skills. In addition, by working with
GlaxoSmithKline, by creating links among college students, university students and academic members, inter-‐generational and inter-‐ institutional communication has been achieved. GSK were so impressed with our work that they have now made Investigate an official element of their CSR policy. How can you get involved: • The Investigate team will train new members so that they can go out into schools and role the programme out children; • Events management will be needed to organise the awards ceremony for the children involved in the project; • Send an email to project leader Asli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could you… mentor a disengaged gangster and help make gang crime a thing of the past?
Our local MP asked us to directly address this need and prevent those caught up in the South London gang crime epidemic from getting lost along a self-‐ destructive path themselves.
Foundations involves spending two hours a week supporting local youths caught up in gang crime in a range of work placements designed to offer them
practical experience in areas that appeal to them. From dancing, to debating to writing and sports -‐ we hope to inspire young people to realise a world outside of gang crime. This year we want to take the project even bigger, working with more youths and offering more support. If you are interested in getting involved as an advisor or a student, please email project leader Chioma at email@example.com.
Could you… support youngsters from ethnic minorities break down racial barriers, closing the gap in a contemporary, cosmopolitan world? More than half of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK fail to achieve the basic 5 GCSEs at A-‐C grade. Amongst these statistics are some of the most poverty stricken young people in the country. It is time that the educational disadvantage between students of white and minority ethnic backgrounds was addressed.
Race for Opportunity aims to link those most at risk of becoming part of this statistic with some of London’s most successful and ambitious role models within the ethnic minority communities. From leaders in business to government, young people will be able to ask questions directly to those they aim to become. You’ll be able to network across the City, as well as working with some of our most challenging schools. For more information, email project leader Ade on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projects: International Global action
Could you… publish a story book to sponsor a disabled child through school? Create opportunity for disadvantaged children in India?
Flux Literacy aims to empower students at the pioneering Amar jyoti School in New Delhi to fund their very own schools’ bursary scheme. The school aims to integrate disabled children and able bodied children into the same classrooms and playgrounds, rather than isolating them in a private rehabilitation centre By helping them create imaginative stories that we can then publish and print, a series of books will be developed that can be sold to schools and bookstores in the UK. By incorporating an original, professionally developed “syllable-‐phonics” reading technique, the book serves as a useful literary aid for those with reading difficulties. This term, the Flux Literacy team has recruited an academic advisor, Dr Chris Abbott, an expert in the field of literacy in education and e-‐inclusion. In April, a team member went out to the Amar Jyoti school and ran workshops with the students to explore their future dreams and aspirations. For more information on this groundbreaking project, contact project leader Nikhil at email@example.com.
Could you… help rebrand honey for struggling beekeepers? Build a vocational school in Africa for AIDS orphans? Empower locals to set up the first juice company in Uganda?
Operation Hope will run in three branches:
INCOME GENERATION: Have you ever wanted to build a business or wondered what it would be like to be a consultant? As part of a small team you could adopt an enterprise and help a Northern Ugandan war and HIV affected community transform their income generating idea into reality. From helping raise capital funds to designing brands, you could soon be taking honey, candles or even medicinal juices to market... Your skills and enthusiasm could soon be helping African families to help themselves and lift themselves from the poverty that surrounds them. EDUCATION: We are also looking for volunteers to help fundraise to build the first vocational boarding school for orphans and vulnerable children in the war affected region of Northern Uganda. The school will teach basic numeracy and literacy skills as well as trades such as carpentry and tailoring. There is also the opportunity for volunteers to fly out in summer to help with the building or English and Maths teaching. HEALTH: You can also help by volunteering to help create a teaching package of
drama sketches and games relating to key health issues such as HIV and how to make ORT solutions. This winter a team of students will have the opportunity to fly to Uganda to teach these to 50 selected youth groups from across 6 districts in the war affected regions of Northern Uganda. These will each perform and teach in their local schools and communities to share the messages to those most in need, reaching over 90,000 children and their families. To get involved, contact project leader Claire on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could you… set up your own project that empowers people in need to improve their quality of life and standard of living?
SIFE at King’s are always on the look out for new projects. If you’ve identified a need that you feel strongly about addressing, we can provide you with the necessary support and resources to make your ambitions a reality. For more information, contact Dan at email@example.com.
Socials and Events 2010-‐11 This year, KCL SIFE will be bigger than ever. Alongside our many projects, we’ll be running a number of schemes and holding events throughout the year. Here are just a few of the main events to look out for:
Experience Weekend Join over 240 SIFE members from teams across the country for a weekend of training, bonfires, dinners and drinking!
Bridging the Gap We have established a pioneering scheme with the Business Club to bridge the gap between business and social enterprise. Look out for talks and training sessions from leaders in both spheres.
Inspire Another new scheme is being run in schools across the country. We’ll be getting schools students involved in a social enterprise competition to find the best idea for new projects, and to encourage youngsters to engage with social enterprise. SIFE up your life! As a reward for all your hard work, we’ll be putting on regular social events, including dinners, club nights and parties. Highlights are set to include the Christmas dinner, end-‐of-‐year ball (complete with awards ceremony) and a huge celebration of all our work post-‐competition. We’ll also be holding fundraising events all year long!
Time to Make a Change! How to get involved
Joining SIFE is easy and membership is completely free! If you’re ready to join this incredible network, just send a quick message to the senior management team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information: • Name • Subject • Year of Study • Projects/Roles/Activities you’re interested in We’ll also be happy to answer any queries you may have and to provide you with further information. We’re really excited about making this the best SIFE year yet and look forward to meeting you soon!
All you need to know to get started in KCL - in a nutshell!