CPF ED, Leesa Carter-Jones helps London choose best youth-led environmental projects

CPF was a proud funder and supporter of this years Mayor’s Fund for London City Pitch program. On July 13th, our Executive Director, Leesa Carter-Jones, joined an expert panel of judges who chose the best youth-driven environmental projects, created and pitched by students.

“We are so thrilled to be a part of this great program. City Pitch gives children a sense of self and a sense of place and empowerment. It lets young people take ownership of shaping their futures – and that’s what we want: engaged citizens who know they can make a change.” – Leesa

Each year, City Pitch empowers young Londoners to make a difference in their community, while developing confidence and key business skills such as project management and presentation skills.  Schools were informed that their projects for this “Pitch” should have a positive impact on the environment, provide opportunities for young people to learn more about the environment and raise awareness about important environmental issues, and also encourage young people to get more involved with their local community.

Participating schools were from the Hillingdon Borough near London Heathrow Airport and included: Barnhill Community School; Harlington School; Heathrow Primary School; Hillingdon Manor School; Laurel Lane Primary School and Rabbsfarm Primary School.

This year, the students had the special treat of involvement by the Mayor’s Fund for London Ambassador, JB Gill, an English singer who found fame on the X-Factor with boyband JLS.

JB is hugely passionate about educating children about the countryside, particularly those who have not been fortunate enough to have the access. One of his aims is to also encourage children to explore the outdoors, learn more about food provenance and help them understand just how vital the farming community is to the future of England’s countryside.

“The City Pitch process helps develop a lot of skills for the young Londoners taking part… they gain a sense of ownership and a sense of responsibility. Its great to see them getting involved, taking pride in their community and developing practical skills they can take forward.” – JB

The schools will now receive up to £1,500 to fulfill their environmental projects which included: wetland & wildlife habitats, school gardens, composting and recycling programs, and even a renewable energy training center.

Check out the press from the Mayor’s Fund for London City Pitch program:

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