Dragon’s Apprentice

As the schools go back this week our thoughts turn back to education and Community Action Dacorum is planning on running Dragons Apprentice Challenge again this academic year, but the teams will need business mentors to help them think even more creatively about how to raise money – maybe offering some on-line products or services. Could this be you??

This will be the ninth year that this programme has been running in Dacorum with nearly £89,000 raised for Dacorum charities so far. Charities have all been suffering this year with not being able to fund raise during lockdown and also for the foreseable future, so any monies raised during this challenge is of upmost importance to them.

So what is the challenge?  Year 12 students from Dacorum secondary schools will be entering teams of up to 8 pupils as the Apprentices.  The teams are challenged to turn £100 into £1000 or more for a Dacorum charity by means of business-related ideas. The team is matched with a business mentor (the Dragon) and also a local charity. The challenge starts at the end of September and culminates in a finals evening in April 2021.  Schools have already signed up, along with very keen charities so they are now looking for businesses and managers who want to make a huge difference.

They are looking for business mentors (the Dragons) from local companies and invite you to put your name forward.  The Dacorum Challenge is becoming more popular and schools outside the area are asking to take part,  therefore Dragons are also required in the St Albans and Harpenden area.

The Dragon’s involvement would be twofold.   Firstly the cost. You would need to provide £50 towards the initial £100 for the team. The other £50 will come from the charity. There is also a £200 participation fee.   This fee covers running the challenge and the Awards event – certificates, trophies, etc.

Secondly, and most importantly, your time.  Your representative will need to attend a minimum of five meetings. However, the most successful teams have met on a fortnightly basis from October to February to keep motivation and organisation going, although some of this can be done via emails and WhatsApp.  If you think you could spare the resource and time for the challenge, do register your interest.

So why should you take part?  Participation in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge offers a win-win opportunity for all parties involved, creating the opportunity for excellent partnerships between local community groups and charities, businesses and young people, creating a stronger community over the long term. It provides a structured means to promote and encourage engagement between charity/community groups, local businesses and schools. It helps raise the profile of your organisation and the third sector in the area and it is a great development tool for an employee’s continual professional development.

Any interested Dragons should contact Cindy at Connect Dacorum to register.

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