YPS Young Member involved in winning £2000 at the Girls Active Dragons Den Event

The Girls Active Dragon’s Den event organised and funded by the Sweaty Betty Foundation, is a girls focused community event aiming to fund girl-led projects that get girls more active over the summer holidays in 2022.

The event provided a great opportunity for girls (aged 11-18) from all over UK to pitch ideas, develop entrepreneurial spirit and do so in a supportive, exciting, girl focused environment. The Sweaty Betty Foundation’s mission is to empower women and girls from every background to get active, and stay active, for life. For the Dragons Den event, the foundation wanted to fund high quality projects involving girls from all ethnicities to get active and improve their physical and mental health wellbeings.

A team of three girls – Zainab, Merve and Safia were involved in the Girls Active Dragons Den Event and they pitched their idea to the five Dragons (a mixture of Sweaty Betty staff members, Sweaty Betty Foundation Trustees and donors). These girls were representing the Al-Hilal Regeneration Enterprise, which is a grass roots organisation with charitable aims, aspiring to empower local youth and women.

Zainab is an existing Young Member of the Young Professionals Society and has consistently been attending and participating in the Young Speakers and Leaders Clubs.

The girls came up with an exciting and original idea of a 6-week accredited indoor practical rock-climbing programme that would, upon completion, contribute towards receiving a NICAS level 1 qualification. The Dragons were so impressed with the pitch that they decided to fund the girls £2000 instead of £1500, so an additional £500 was granted to them for the excellent idea, good planning, passion, dedication, and the girl’s outstanding performance at the event.

It was a great opportunity for all the girls to display their PERSUASIVE SPEAKING skills, which are taught and practiced thoroughly at the YPS Speakers, and Leaders Clubs and Zainab has had plenty of practice from attending these clubs in the past. Communication is one of the key fundamental pillars that YPS works under alongside Leadership and Innovation.

YPS member Zainab said that “it was a great feeling to win; and a golden opportunity for me to put my persuasive speaking skills into action to convince the Dragons to fund our project that I was thoroughly involved with and felt very passionate about”.

Sundus Salam, Director of Al-Hilal Regeneration Enterprise said “I was amazed with the successful outcome at the Dragons Den event, the girls all worked extremely hard and did fantastically well from coming up with the idea, planning and pitching in front of the dragons”.

YPS wanted to reward all the girls and offered them FREE one-year complimentary membership (Young member category). Hopefully now the winning three will have more such opportunities for personal development and will each receive expert career mentoring from other senior professionals and global leaders.

Well done to Zainab, Merve and Safia.

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