Smart Start Challenge
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We want to know what law you would change OR create, to make the world a better place!

Challenge details

Your school curriculum, the official age of consent, what age you can vote, immigration, housing or even having a TV license… the law affects us all in different ways and can have an impact on our everyday lives, whether directly or indirectly.

In 200 words, we want you to change or create a law that would improve the world or your life, if it was implemented.

It could be a massive change, or a really small one - be as individual as you like. After all, something that you think might change the world, others may not and vice versa.

You might want to think about:

  • What issues are you passionate about?
  • What is it about society that you think can be improved?
  • Who will this law impact?

Whether it's realistic or not, we want to hear from young people with different and insightful ways to help the world!

The Prize

If your submission is successful, you will be invited to attend an Allen & Overy skills and assessment day where you will receive a City & Guilds enterprise certificate. This event will happen on the 1st July, so please keep it free.

In additional to this 60 participants will be selected to receive one week work experience on the award-winning Smart Start Experience programme and one year e-mentoring! The week work experience will commence on the 7th July 2014 so please also keep this free.

Successful submissions will be contacted by 13th June.

How To Enter

Once you have decided on your idea, you can choose to submit your entry in the following formats:

  • Word Document
  • PDF
  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • If you have completed your entry on paper, please scan your submission and upload as a JPEG
  • You can upload your submission as a video/audio file, or include a link in a word document to a video you have uploaded to YouTube

When thinking about entering this challenge please make sure you fit these criteria first:

  • You are in Year 12 of a state School or College
  • You attend a School or College in London or within commuter distance to our office in London*
  • You are in the first generation in your immediate family to attend University OR are (or have been) eligible for free school meals**
  • You are free to attend a skills and assessment day on the 1st July and have permission from school and family to do so
  • You are free to attend a week work experience from the 7th July and have permission from school and family to do so

*Travel and transport costs to the skills and assessment day and work experience will be covered up to £30. Please ensure that you can cover any extra costs to and from these events or contact us for advice.

**If difficult or sensitive to obtain, you should attend a school that has 30% or more students eligible for free school meals.

If you need any help uploading your submission or have any questions, get in touch and we'll be glad to help!


The Prizes

City & Guilds qualification & 1 week work experience if you're successful at the skills & assessment day


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