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CEME's entrepreneurs programme empowers students to grow digital skills through Havering Mind film competition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 October 2018

Young Entrepenuer Project students editing footage. Picture: Mark Sepple

Young Entrepenuer Project students editing footage. Picture: Mark Sepple

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Students embraced their creative side to shoot promotional videos for a Havering mental health charity as part of CEME Launchpad Centre's Young Entrepreneurs Programme.

Students from Bower Park Academy in Havering Road took part in the project, which is a joint venture between CEME, Havering Council and The Greater London Authority.

The expert judging panel selected Angelina Musiwa and John Lagunzad’s film as the winner on Thursday, October 11. Their video will now spearhead one of the charity’s marketing campaigns.

Angelina, 14, said: “The best bit of the project was the filming as we got to create something phenomenal. I liked how we got to work together and how we used our ideas to create something that could be used to inspire children like us.”

The budding filmmakers produced three-minute marketing videos about the charity’s fundraising activities to highlight mental health issues and Havering Mind’s services.

Bower Park Academy Young Entrepeneur Project team with Rhys Stephenson, TV presenter. Picture: Mark SeppleBower Park Academy Young Entrepeneur Project team with Rhys Stephenson, TV presenter. Picture: Mark Sepple

John Lagunzad, 13, added: “This project gave you so much experience on how to use certain technology for filming and we learned a lot like directing, producing and all the jobs they do, and we used that to share the message that you are not alone.”

The project was designed to empower students aged 13 - 16, to improve the digital skills of young people and close the digital gap in the UK workforce.

Delivered by Spotlight Media, the four-day programme included briefing, planning, filming, editing and presentation skills.

“CEME plays an active role in supporting Havering’s aim to provide first-class business opportunities, as well as being a hub for start-ups and existing businesses,” said Councillor Damian White, leader of the council.

Young Entrepeneurs Project judges with winners John and Angelina. Picture: Mark SeppleYoung Entrepeneurs Project judges with winners John and Angelina. Picture: Mark Sepple

“We are pleased to be able to extend this opportunity to young entrepreneurs as an ongoing partnership with CEME and the Mayor of London’s team to attract the best workforce, businesses and investment into London Riverside at the Launchpad Centre.”

The judging panel included representatives from Havering Mind, CEME, Havering Council and TV presenter, Rhys Stephenson.

Rhys, a former Bower Park Academy pupil, said: “The Young Entrepreneur Programme was great, fun and light-hearted.

“The kids were given a safe space to express themselves and be creative. They worked so hard.”

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