Dragons Apprentice Challenge Evening

Soroptimist International St Albans and District women’s group was delighted to welcome Emma Gamble from CVS (Centre for Voluntary Service) St Albans on Monday 10 July. Emma is pictured here in the centre with Jennie Redford (l) and Jane Slatter (r).

136-Dragons Apprentice Jennie Emma Jane

Emma gave Club Members a very informative presentation  which can be downloaded as a PDF here: Dragons Apprentice Presentation Soroptimists July 2017 Emma explained how the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge started and how it has grown and developed including the new “Junior Apprentice Challenge” for Primary Schools launched last year. The Club has applied again for 2017/18 and will find out later this year if their application has been successful.

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge is run by CVS with the aim to “Bring education, business and not for profit together to develop young minds”. This fits well with the Soroptimist mission to “Educate, Empower and Enable” women and girls. Schools put forward teams of 16/17 year olds to be matched with a charity to raise funds for, and a dragon to support and inspire the team. In 2016/17 Jennie and Jane were “dragons” to “Team Elite” from St Albans Girls’ School. To read more about how it went see these 2 news items: www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2016/dragons/ www.sigbi.org/st-albans/2017/dragon17/ With Jennie and Jane’s business and fundraising experience they were able to offer a lot of support to the Team which was very well received. Team Elite from Year 12 at STAGS raised a brilliant £848.75 for Rennie Grove Hospice  in spite of loads of setbacks! To quote a TV Apprentice the team had “bouncebackability”.