'I Have a Dream' students spruce up adventure playground
August 2011 │ London
20 students from Deutsche Bank’s ‘I Have a Dream’ programme recently joined forces with local children to enhance facilities at the Max Roach Adventure Playground in Brixton, South London. The A-level students honed their teamwork skills and learnt the value of community involvement, whilst helping to improve one of the play spaces so vital for the borough’s children.
The ‘I Have a Dream’ students, working side-by-side with local children, created much-needed playground furniture in the form of Ghanaian-style chairs, which are x-shaped and decorated with Ghanaian symbols for love and peace. They also painted a chess board on the asphalt and created chess pieces, as well as decorated railings with colourful murals.
Brixton is located in Lambeth, a densely-populated inner London borough with around 270,000 residents who amongst them speak more than 130 languages. Max Roach is one of 15 adventure playgrounds in the borough.
The ‘I Have a Dream’ programme offers highly-motivated A-level students from African, Caribbean and Asian backgrounds an intensive four-week summer placement with Deutsche Bank. The programme, which is run in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship and Future Reach, targets students in the Greater London area who attend state-maintained secondary schools.
By working in one of Deutsche’s business areas, students learn about the array of career opportunities in investment banking, receive intense career development training and meet recent graduates of the programme. Taking part in a ‘Community Challenge’ is an integral part of the students’ experience. 130 students have participated in the ‘I Have a Dream’ summer programme since its inception in 2002.
Commenting on the students’ work, Kate Cavelle, Deutsche Bank’s Director of Corporate Citizenship UK, said: “Deutsche Bank believes that we must constantly work to narrow the gap between the City and broader British society. Sprucing up a playground like Max Roach – a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves experience that brings our interns and staff into the heart of local communities – is one practical way of doing just that.”
Since 2004, Deutsche Bank has organised community challenges at 198 sites in London’s most disadvantaged boroughs, working to transform the physical facilities available to young people across the capital. Building adventure playgrounds, improving recreational facilities and decorating youth clubs, over 10,000 Deutsche Bank employees and interns have taken part in challenges, and their time has been matched with over £450,000 of cash donations.
'I Have a Dream' students at Max Roach Adventure Playground
'I Have a Dream' student working with local children at Max Roach Adventure Playground