Project Dare: Year 9 Step Up to the Challenge!

As part of our Aspirations programme, employee volunteers from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust delivered Project Dare at Joseph Rowntree School. The project was also supported by University of York student coaches who volunteered their time to help the pupils get the most out of the sessions. Project Dare was made up of three sessions, all with the aim of inspiring Year 9 pupils for their futures encouraging them to aim higher and work harder.

The first session began with a team building activity to help develop team work skills within the group which would then be used over the following sessions. We were then joined by almost 20 employees from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust who took part in a Careers Speed Shop. The pupils were able to talk to each of the individuals and learn about their job exposing them to the huge range of roles that are available.

Student Coaches from the University of York were able to work with the young people to give an insight into university life. They spoke to the Year 9 pupils about how it’s important to work out what matters to you and what you enjoy so that you can make the right choices for you.

The Year 9 pupils were also able to visit Hartrigg Oaks to learn about the range of roles that are available at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation site and to allow the young people time to ask questions about the site and about some of the careers that make up the teams at Hartrigg Oaks.

The main challenge for the Year 9 students was a scenario based activity around designing and planning a house for £100,000 based on a client brief. This activity began with a mock auction where the pupils, who were divided into teams, bid for their plot of land. The teams then moved on to work through the build brief making decisions on the external and internal build of their houses.

In the following session, the teams had to bring together their build and work on drawings of their finished design. They then had time to prepare a presentation ready to present to the client. Employees from the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, the University of York, and York Cares made up the panel representing the client and each team was able to give a presentation of their final design, detailing their decisions based on the client brief. All of the presentations and designs were fantastic, making it really difficult to choose a winner!

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this year’s Project Dare and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

The Aspirations programme seeks to bring the world of work to life by challenging young people with real-world problem-solving and empowering them to succeed. Volunteering as part of this programme is a great way to share your skills and sector with a group of young people inspiring them to aim higher and work harder. If you are interested in finding out more about our Aspirations programme, please get in touch with us.