Volunteering at Clapton girl’s academy was an excellent experience!
As part of our Future Proofing Talent Through Diversity project,
3 Impact Team members attended Clapton girl's academy for a day of
inspiration for Year 8 students.
The whole day involved custom made and the entire year 8 girls to
come up with a design and a concept to sell a T-shirt and a bag
during the London fashion week.
What struck me was the progression of student's behaviour
throughout the day. We started with some introductory exercises and
the structure of the day ahead. Volunteers took it in turn to
present and coordinate different activities to the students. We
discussed the skills and responsibilities needed for the main roles
a project like this would need such as Brand Design, Marketing
Manager and Finance Manager.
The concept was fantastic as students were already able to tell if
they preferred being creative with design, mathematical to look
after the budget or making the final decisions as project manager.
As each form were separate with a handful of volunteers to each
group, a great energy beamed from every classroom, as everyone felt
invested with in the task. Volunteers were divided up really well
by profession which was handy as each one of us could have an input
each step of the way, assisting from marketing to budget
We were so impressed by some of some of the ideas chosen by the
students to represent their brand, especially as they had such a
short amount of time! The girls were so forward-thinking, mature
and used their brands to fight inequality amongst race and
sexuality, gender gaps, body shaming and the environment. It was
inspiring and reassuring to hear the younger generation speak so
passionately about issues that even companies today struggle to
It was a prime example that great things happen when people work
together, everyone adding its own skill set and sensibility.