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Marine Academy Plymouth – Poly Jewels, Express Yourself, Blank Space

By 22nd January 2014 No Comments

Creating student-led social enterprises from scratch

Location:

Marine Academy Plymouth, Plymouth

Date:

November 2013

The challenge:

Using students’ skills, expertise and resources, create a social enterprise business that generates income and raises awareness of the talent within Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) and the community

The RIO solution:The group wanted to find an enterprise solution to the challenge. This was a very creative process; they generated BIG ideas and considered and understood their parameters. Understanding the meaning of a social enterprise was fundamental in this phase. They very quickly realised that a social business was one with personality, a business that solved a problem and a business that was resourceful! With an array of methods to generate ideas, the groups were able to create three very strong social enterprise concepts; Poly Jewels, Express Yourself and Blank Space.

With a sparkly new building, crammed full of the finest resources, the senior leaders were keen to use the Challenge Day as a vehicle to dress a certain space and move it away from clinical to colourful! Each of the social enterprises created used the space as an anchor for their ideas.

It was an amazing day that was threaded together with activities, creations and young people – all set to inspire.

  • 23 students from Years 11-13 took part in the Challenge Day
  • the group realised their potential in starting their own social enterprise and gained confidence in their abilities
  • Three groups formed three separate social enterprises

Huw Morgan, Assistant Vice Principal at Marine Academy Plymouth

“I was kept fully aware of how the preparations were going and what the structure and format of the day would involve. Ellie and Jonathan were tremendous. Their continuous enthusiasm and flow of ideas across the whole day allowed for real progress to be made by all of the groups. The sessions were all planned to be packed full of activity, and the day literally went by in the blink of an eye! Without a shadow of doubt, the structure of the Challenge Day allowed for the different year groups to interact with each other. This encouraged groups to naturally form from student’s strengths and weaknesses. Without such a vibrant exciting start to the day, the students would have naturally remained in friendship groups rather than spreading their wings.”

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