CityWest Homes looking for the next generation of business leaders

Young people living on Westminster council estates are being invited to submit proposals to bid for funding for a local community project of their choice.

The pilot project, ‘CityWest Factor’ was launched by CityWest Homes on Monday 26 November 2012 for residents aged 19 years old or under, living on their north and south estates. Both areas have £1,500 funding available.

Entrants are asked to form project groups which will then be mentored by local youth workers to help transform their ideas into winning bids in the form of a fully scoped out business case. They will need to address how their project will work, how much it will cost and how it will benefit the local community amongst other things.

The final part of the process is for the young people to present their business case to local resident representatives in a manner of their choosing. This might be a business style presentation, a play or a Levi Roots inspired guitar performance.

Mark Hoyland, chief executive, CityWest Homes, said: “The aim of the project is twofold; firstly to empower our younger residents to become involved in improving where they live and secondly to give them an insight into their future working lives.

“Young people have the prospect of having a direct say in how money will be spent in their local area as well as getting an insight into some practical business skills including research, costing and presenting which will look fantastic on a CV.”

Deadline for applications is the 14 December with the presentations taking place during January 2013.

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