Sparkz showered with energy praise

Bright Young Sparkz
Bright Young Sparkz

Bright Young Sparkz, a group of young parents supported by Leven-based Fife Gingerbread, have scooped a national award.

The young mums and dads, part of Fife Gingerbread’s Teen Parent Project, have banked the Money for Life Challenge Scottish National Prize in Edinburgh.

I’m so proud of the group. Each one of them has grown so much during the challenge.

Zoe Henderson

The group, which addressed the issue of energy usage specifically for young people aged 16-24, finished on top against four other finalists.

The Bright Young Sparkz will be switching their attention now to the chance of the UK prize at the grand final in London on May 28.

It’s been a lightning-quick few months for the group members, from Levenmouth and beyond, who worked together on the venture.

The teen parents felt they spent a lot of money on gas and electricity bills and decided to look at options to save money and reduce the amount of energy used in the home.

The Bright Young Sparkz was thus created, with the group collecting information on energy knowledge and usage from other young people via an online survey.

This was then used to host a special educational event at Fife College in Kirkcaldy, which reached out to nearly 100 students on the day.

The group also won a challenge to set up a photo with a politician, featuring a picture with Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance.

Bright Young Sparkz then worked round the clock to submit a report documenting all the work and experiences from the challenge, which earned them a place the Scottish finals.

The group showcased its journey at the marketplace stalls before delivering a wining presentation to the judges.

Zoe Henderson, Teen Parent Project support worker said: “Reaching the Scottish final was amazing, but to be heading to the UK finals is completely overwhelming.

“I’m so proud of the group. Each one of them has grown so much during the challenge. They all have more confidence, self-esteem, and have learned lots of new skills such as planning and organising an event, as well as, of course how to save energy and money.”

The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition providing £500 grants to empower teams of 16 -24 year olds to develop innovative money management projects which help their communities.

Fife Gingerbread is the only voluntary sector organisation in Fife with charitable status which has lone parent families as the sole focus.

Based in Leven, it covers the whole of Fife, where there are over 11,720 lone parents.