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by Teens Unite Fighting Cancer
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Since our last report, a further 20 young people united to embrace their entrepreneurial skills and work, as the group did last year, to develop new t-shirt designs for Teens Unite which will go into production, being sold to raise funds and awareness for the Charity.

The young people were divided into teams, briefed, allocated an external mentor from the business world and allocated time with designers.  The teams were advised that their designs, promotional materials and their business plans were to be showcased to a team of Judges, including Teens Unite’s co-founder and iconic fashion designer Karen Millen, OBE, at the formal celebration dinner.

As the teams got to work, they were visited by the team from New Skills Academy, who support us by providing online learning opportunities for the Teens.  The guys have a lot of experience of business start-ups and genuine entrepreneurial minds and were happy to offer plenty of advice which the young people couldn’t get enough of.

After lunch, which further fuelled the creative juices, the Teens got their stands ready for their business pitch.  They displayed their printed sample, financials and marketing plans.  Once these were looking professional, they went off to get themselves ready for the Judges.

Joining Teens Unite’s co-founder were the Head of Global PR at a renowned UK retail giant, a fashion writer and one of our beneficiaries who was on last year’s winning team.

Every one of the young people played their part in presenting to the panel, whether it was delivering cost ideas, marketing plans or sharing details of their personal journeys which had shaped the design concept, every one of them stepped up.

Pitches and questions over, the Judges then faced the difficult task of selecting a winner. While they deliberated, the Teens joined many of our supporters for a Celebratory Dinner.

At the end of the evening stand out individuals were recognised as well as the overall winning design revealed.  Awards for leadership, team players and entrepreneurial skills were given. 

Through the process the young people

  • Developed skills such as teamwork, public speaking, conflict resolution, time management and active listening
  • Had an insight in to the business world
  • Gained genuine work experience
  • And rebuilt confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer

The winning t-shirt design can be seen and purchased from the shop on our website, www.teensunite.org

To everyone who has supported this project a HUGE thank you. 

Some of the amazing events team
Some of the amazing events team

Since our last update, our own Events team have been working with a group of 6 young people to plan, organise and run a fundraising event for Teens Unite.

 

The type of event and subsequent planning was decided between the group, with the guidance of Teens Unite and support of the venue.  One of our Foundation partners supported the team to help with

 

  • Venue (at cost)
  • Event date
  • Outline costings
  • Event support

 

The young people needed to :

 

  • Research and decide on the 'type’ of event
  • Set out the event purpose (to raise funds and awareness for Teens Unite)
  • Work with venue throughout the programme – event team, décor, catering etc.
  • Outline target audience
  • Set out cost projections
  • Source raffle/ auction prizes/
  • Decide whether the event will be ticketed or invitation only?
  • Create marketing material
  • Decide on event design and outline any additional costs?
  • Set and execute an event promotion plan
  • Pre event briefing
  • Set up and run event

 

We were delighted that the event – Raise a Glass – was a huge success.  The Teens hosted the event at the prestigious Wardorf Hotel, in the cocktail bar, The Parrot.  There were more than 50 invited guests, who enjoyed cocktails and mocktails created by the Teens. They enjoyed canapes carefully selected for them and took part in a raffle.  The team raised an incredible £1700 for the Charity, but more importantly they achieved a whole host of key objectives. They 

 

 

  • Were encouraged to think positively about life with and beyond their illness
  • Developed skills such as teamwork, organisational skills, communication (verbal and written), and public speaking
  • Gained an insight into a diverse range of careers in the Hospitality Industry and experienced the working world
  • Rebuilt confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer
  • were able to gain an experience which they can include on their CV and work experience history
  • were provided with a sense of achievement, improving self- confidence & self-esteem
  • Worked collaboratively with other young people, venue, Teens Unite and our foundation partners

 

To everyone who has supported this project, a huge thank you.  You are continuing to help us support young people fighting cancer to love their best life while others search for a cure.

cocktail or mocktail
cocktail or mocktail
Raffle prizes all sourced by the Teens
Raffle prizes all sourced by the Teens
Notepads for all
Notepads for all

Since our last update, we have launched an exciting new programme giving six young people supported by Teens Unite, the opportunity to organise, develop and run their own fundraising event, working alongside our own events team.

We are really excited that this is something a little different, and have developed the programme to give the participants the opportunity to gain practical experience utilising a wide range of skills including research, design, sales, negotiation and finance as well as event management.

In the first meeting, the group got together and started to get to know each other over a lovely lunch at some stunning offices in London’s city district. They started to discuss some of their initial ideas, talk about the roles that they thought might be required, and their own skills and strengths as well as their ambitions.

By the end of this meeting, they had allocated some initial tasks and started to work on researching different event ideas, venues suitable for each. They talked about their budget and started to think about their audience, how they would market and promote their event.

It was a long day, but the team left full of ideas and excited to get to work on their allocated tasks.

During the second event, the team re-grouped and developed their event idea, they got really creative thinking about a name for their event. They had some ideas about venues, and made dates to go and see the venues and their facilities.

By the time we update you next time, these young people will have hosted their event. We will be delighted to share with you all of the details and share some of the pictures.

To everyone who has contributed to our project, a huge thank you, for allowing us to try something a little different which will teach new skills and give valuable experience that will enhance the CVs of the young people we are supporting.

Exchanging ideas
Exchanging ideas
Dylan took on the fight of his life
Dylan took on the fight of his life

74% of young people diagnosed with cancer are worried about the impact that cancer will have on their future employment. Our workshops help to provide the confidence for these young people to look forward to a future beyond illness and are designed to help them see that their chances of success have not been impacted by the time they have had to take out of work or education.

In the time since our last report we have been working to confirm the taster sessions and speakers for our bi-annual event “Discover you” which brings together over 100 young people and their families for a motivational conference. The conference energises and engages the young people to discover what they can achieve; sign-post them to new opportunities and give them the confidence to succeed. They will hear from inspirational speakers, who have fought against their own struggles, take part in workshops and taster sessions to give them new ideas and give them the opportunity to speak to others with similar experiences.

We have confirmed speakers Chris, who since having cancer as a teenager and defying medical expectations, has spent two decades studying and working with the human body, is now a leading back pain expert and an international speaker.

And, Dylan, who in January last year, aged 23, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Dylan is an MMA Fighter, and through his life has fought more than most, but he knew this fight would be his toughest. With his incredible positive mental attitude and his physical strength allowing him to maintain a training schedule through his treatment. Dylan has recently entered remission and will join us to share his story and his incredible positivity.

As well as hearing these two speakers, the young people we support will have the opportunity to attend sessions with professionals who can help them with budgeting and finance questions, support them with their CV writing and interview skills and techniques.  We will also have taster sessions to help the young people relax and start some gentle physical activity – for some, the first since their diagnosis.

We are very lucky to have been introduced to a unique employment agency and are very excited for them to join us on the day, not just to hear the stories of some of their own team, but to hear how they can help the young people.

The Ability People, are a team of specialist consultants finding genuine work opportunities for anyone with any kind of disability or impairment. This highly skilled team, all facing their own challenges, source and recruit from the global disability population and place people with household named companies as well as a growing base of SME.

For our next report, we look forward to sharing with you pictures and feedback from what we anticipate being an exceptional day for some of the seven young people aged 13-24 who, every day in the UK hear the words “you have cancer”. Thank you for your support of our work.

Chris, cancer survivor, health expert & motivator
Chris, cancer survivor, health expert & motivator
finding genuine work opportunities for everyone!
finding genuine work opportunities for everyone!
Team Wasabi Warriors
Team Wasabi Warriors

Our Positive Steps workshops are designed to

  • Encourage young people to think positively about their life with and beyond their illness
  • Set realistic goals to increase motivation
  • Develop skills such as team work, public speaking, conflict resolution and active listening
  • Gain an insight in to the business world and gain genuine work experience
  • Rebuild confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer

Since our last report, we have invited 20 young people to embrace their entrepreneurial skills and work collaboratively to develop a new, unique t-shirt design for Teens Unite. The young people were split in to four teams and assigned a business mentor who worked with them to not only create a new design, but to plan the launch and promotion of their t-shirt too. We took along a garment printer so that the teams could see their ideas come to life, and so that they could follow the whole design process.

We briefed the young people that we wanted to see creativity, innovation and unique designs that we could put before retailers to sell raising funds for and awareness of the Charity.

We were joined by business mentors from a private Charitable Trust, the UK’s biggest online shopping platform, one of the UK’s most popular High-End department stores and an international business consultant.

The young people were also supported by a group of designers from several UK businesses who all demonstrated a passion for creativity, imagination, design and inspired marketing. The designers were available to the young people throughout the day and supported them in creating their final design as well as their marketing material to create a product launch for their t-shirt.

Each of the teams were asked to create a business plan and to showcase their ideas in a ten-minute presentation to the Judges at the end of the day. Every member of the team was asked to take part in the presentation which was to be a real opportunity for them to “sell” their design idea to the Judges, share their design concept and their plans to market and launch their product.

After a spending time in the morning completing their business plans which ensured they created a cohesive vision for their teams, which they would then use to confidently communicate to the Judges, they demonstrated that they had considered their target audience, planned their launch and added their ideas for a marketing strategy, they then got down to the creative business and actually bought their design ideas to life.

After a busy morning, the young people headed for a delicious lunch, coming together with the Judges, who had been walking round and silently observing the groups, seeing the various skills demonstrated. Lunch was the perfect opportunity for an informal chat and for the Judges to familiarise themselves with the young people.

Lunch over, the teams finalised their designs and worked on their presentations ready for them to deliver later in the afternoon. The Judges, who came from different business areas, including independent boutiques and market leading financial service groups, were seated and ready to enjoy the presentations, marking the teams against a set of agreed criteria.

After each presentation, the Judges had some questions for the young people, and their responses helped them to select not just an overall winner, but some individuals whose performance was notable. The individual recognition covered, Best Leadership, Best Team Player, Best Presentation, Best Organisational Skills, Most Creative, and the Best Entrepreneurial Skills.

 After a long day, which saw four teams produce some amazing designs, all of which were worthy of recognition, the young people headed off to a Celebratory Dinner, taking time to get dressed up, and have their make-up done by some professional make up artists who kindly volunteered their time.

At the dinner, the overall winners were announced, and the individual recognition awards were presented. It was a fantastic evening where the young people celebrated their own and each other’s success, genuinely happy for their new friends whose achievements were recognised.

To everyone who has supported the Positive Steps program, sincere thanks from everyone at Teens Unite. 74% of young people diagnosed with cancer are worried about the impact that cancer will have on their future employment. Workshops like this help to provide the confidence to look for a future beyond illness, providing an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from the best in business.

Team Lizzie
Team Lizzie
Team Kirsty
Team Kirsty
Team Ashley
Team Ashley
Presentation 1
Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Presentation 2
Design ideas
Design ideas
 

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Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Location: Broxbourne - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @teensunite
Project Leader:
Lesley Morris
Broxbourne, United Kingdom
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