A campaign to help more schoolchildren than ever raise their aspirations and improve their attainment by working with DMU student volunteers is being launched today by #DMUlocal.
#Pledge5000 aims to raise the number of volunteering hours taking place in schools this year by 5000 and asks DMU students to pledge a small amount of time to take part in a #DMUlocal education project.
Students can pledge any amount of time, with 20 hours equating to just a couple of hours a month throughout the upcoming year.
Alongside the knowledge that they are having a positive impact on Leicester kids, everyone who pledges will be placed into a draw for one of two £50 Highcross vouchers.
Harriet Pole, Widening Participation Coordinator at #DMUlocal, said: “Last year we had a huge demand for our education projects and this year is no different. DMU volunteers are vital to the success of these projects and we always need more, that’s why we are asking every student to pledge a small amount of their time to help a young person in the city.
“You can pledge anything from a few hours to a few dozen – every little helps – and the chance to work with kids, to watch them grow in confidence, is a really rewarding experience.”
#DMUlocal currently works with 80 schools in the city, with thousands of children and young people benefiting from projects that help academic attainment and creative expression.
It is not just schoolchildren that benefit though, with volunteers gaining unique work experience that enhances their CV and helps them standout after university.
Aneisha Vincitore, a third year Drama student, volunteered at our Drama Clubs last year and said: “I didn’t know what I getting myself into when I started but they are a lovely bunch of kids and are so enthusiastic.
“As soon as I heard about the opportunity I took it, there’s no way I would have said no to an opportunity like this.”
After making a pledge, DMU students will have the chance to sign-up to a host of education projects throughout the year.
Anyone can pledge hours regardless of their course, year of study or whether they are already signed up for an education project.
Winners of the £50 Highcross vouchers will be chosen at random on the 15th November and contacted by email.