London, London (Greater London)
The Service Committee supports a number of charities and local projects through volunteering, fundraising and increasing awareness. The committee organised for a team of 6 individuals to complete The Three Peaks Challenge in June of this year to raise funds for the Social Mobility Foundation. The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis 1,344m), England (Scafell Pike 978m) and Wales (Snowdon 1,085m), all within 24 hours. The journey entails hiking 42 horizontal kilometres, ascending 3,000 vertical metres and traveling 725 kilometres between the three mountains. The challenge lies in the physical exhaustion, lack of sleep and dangerous conditions in this fight against the clock.
The team are committed to fundraising for The Social Mobility Foundation, a registered charity, with the objective of making a real improvement in social mobility for bright young people aged 16 – 17 from lower-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2006 and has since worked with thousands of students from across England. The SMF stands out as a high calibre foundation providing a life changing impact on its students. The service committee has worked alongside the SMF to provide mentoring and internship opportunities to students in their various programs. The money raised will go directly to regional expansion for the program to branch out of London and serve youth on a national scale.
Profile of students:
- 85% students are from an ethnic minority background
- 80% of students have parents who did not go to university
- 56% of APP students in non-selective state schools progressed to the 30 most highly selective universities in 2011, compared to a rate of 18% of students fulfilling the same income criteria nationally.
- Over 1000 A grades at AS Level and over 650 A grades at A-level were achieved by SMF students in the summer of 2011
- Last 5 years, 53% of SMF students have gone to Russell Group universities
- 27 SMF students from the 2010 APP cohort began studying at Oxbridge in October 2011
- 77% SMF students states that undertaking an internships has increased their desire to enter the profession they wish to join
- After completing their internship:
- 85% of students stated that it improved their knowledge about the profession
- 65% stated it improved their interpersonal skills
- 75% stated it improved their confidence
For more information on the Social Mobility Foundation, please visit their website at http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/.
All donations will go directly to benefit the students of the SMF. We very much appreciate your support. Please see our fundraising page to donate.
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