A national programme involving Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service is helping to boost young people's employability as part of the Deputy Prime Minister's Business Compact agenda.

Bedford based b-live Foundation CIC is working with BFRS to teach young people to be good citizens through a project where they learn to ‘Speak Up for Society’.

‘Speak up for Society’ features a competition challenging student teams to pick a good cause close to their hearts, devise a way to help out by creating a project plan and writing a speech strong enough to convince a judging panel to support it.

b-live’s Managing Director, Tanja Kuveljic, explained: “The b-live Foundation is dedicated to helping young people from all backgrounds achieve their full potential by building confidence, raising aspirations and developing their vital employment skills as part of their day to day lessons.

‘Speak up for Society’  is part of the Schools Programme which b-live delivers to over 300,000 young people aged between 11 and 19 years old across 1,300 schools throughout the country.”

The project helps boost students’ literacy, presentation, personal learning and thinking skills, helping them understand what it means to be a good citizen and to make a real-life positive impact on their local community.

The winning team also receives £500 towards their local community project and gets an exclusive backstage look at their local Community Fire Station.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller added: "Speak up for Society helps young people to think about their place in society, and understand the work involved to create and fund a community project.

"We’ve worked with b-live nationally to develop lesson plans, school activities and online resources that help young people improve their confidence, learn important life skills and become good citizens through encouraging ethical awareness and good citizenship, which we believe contributes to reducing acts of anti-social behaviour that are often attributed to young people.

"Bedfordshire’s is the only Fire and Rescue Service in the country working with b-live in this way, giving us a national platform with young people to promote social responsibility and the work of the Service. We already have an excellent record of engaging with young people and working with b-live is another opportunity for us to build upon our success."

A number of schools were selected in Bedfordshire by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) Area Commanders based on assessment of risk and the following eight were chosen to run the BFRS campaign: Ashcroft High School, Cardinal Newman, Barnfield South Academy, Bedford Academy , All Saints Academy, Putteridge School, Lea Manor School and Icknield School.

For more information visit www.b-live.com  

Posted 19/02/2013 by richard.hook@pavpub.com