The achievements of 100 students from Crawley and Gatwick schools were celebrated at the finale of this year’s Be the Change Programme. The awards ceremony took place on Friday the 22nd of March at the Charis Centre in Crawley.
Be the Change is an initiative co-founded by Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis and Gary Peters of LoveLocalJobs.com, which aims to boost the aspirations and job prospects of young people aged between 13 and 14.
This year’s Be the Change programme was attended by students from six secondary schools in the area: Ifield Community College, Hazelwick School, Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School, St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Oriel High School and Thomas Bennett Community College.
Over the course of six months since the launch of the third annual Be the Change programme, students participated in a series comprising five sessions of activities designed to improve hope, happiness, confidence, relationships, to change negative behaviour and to introduce them to career opportunities.
Search representatives Margaret Philips and Anthony Eagle were among 40 volunteers who carried out The Be the Change programme, acting as business guides to mentor and inspire students about their potential to succeed on a professional level.
As part of the fourth session of the programme, pupils from Ifield Community College accompanied Search’s business guides on a workplace visit to L3 Commercial Aviation, where they were shown what it’s like to work in the industry and given job interview guidance.
Of the session, Dave Birkenhead of Ifield Community College said: “I’d like to thank Anthony and Margaret for their interview workshop, which certainly had the pupils talking on the minibus back to school. The softer skills these young people acquire from the Be the Change programme are unbelievably valuable, and there is no doubt in my mind that these skills will make a significant difference in each of their lives.”
At the award ceremony, students were congratulated and awarded certificates by the business guides alongside the Be the Change team. As the students received certificates and Be the Change ribbons, they applauded each other and reflected on the past six months. Many students stood in front of the gathered audience and revealed their feelings about moving forward with the skills they had learned throughout the duration of the programme.
Co-founder, Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis said: “It has been an incredible journey not just for these amazing young people, but for everyone who has been involved – the teachers, the business volunteers and ourselves. Over the last few months we have been inspired by the way in which the students have engaged with us and their peers and as a result have become happier, more confident in their abilities and more excited about their futures.”
“It’s nothing short of inspirational to see how much the pupils have grown over the course of just six months. It just goes to show how important it is to inspire, motivate and nurture young people to pursue what they are passionate about and achieve their full potential,” Margaret added.
“I’m very proud of the progress each individual has made, and have every confidence that they will achieve big things in the years to come,” Anthony concluded.
*You can find out more about the Be the Change initiative here