Make Your Mark - Darwen Academy Students Quids In!

Throughout February students from the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) have been putting their entrepreneurial skills to the test and taking part in the national enterprise competition, ‘Make Your Mark with a Tenner’. Students from the Academy were given the chance to apply for a £10 loan from the Make Your Mark with a Tenner Bank and then tasked with using their entrepreneurial skills to make money, and make a difference to the community, by setting up their very own business.

They were challenged to turn their tenner into a larger sum. The initiative has given students the opportunity to help other people via enterprising activity and by investing their subsequent profits into a good cause. DACA students have shown real initiative and devised some inventive business ideas to rival Richard Branson! From car washing to cake making, the Academy has been buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit this month.

One resourceful year eight student, Oliver McHugh, utilised his contacts and managed to get his hands on a football signed by Manchester City Football Club and has been selling raffle tickets to raise money for Derian House, a childrens hospice in Clitheroe. Oliver said: “I got involved with the project as I wanted to see what I could do for charity and I also wanted to take part in a national enterprise competition and to put what I have learnt so far at DACA into practice. I am really grateful to everybody who has helped me so far, including my family, and I really hope the business is a success.” Make Your Mark with a Tenner is a national enterprise competition for 20,000 young people aged 19 and under in schools or via youth organisations. It is supported by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts) and funded by entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Michael and Xochi Birch, the founders of social networking site Bebo.

This year prizes will be given to the individuals and teams which generate the biggest returns and which have the greatest social impact.