As part of our partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Mayor’s Fund for London hosted a vibrant and informative discussion this morning for local authorities, delivery partners, London infrastructure bodies and charities in the food insecurity space interested in the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in the capital. In the wake of
Celebrating our Access Aspiration Student Ambassadors
Last week, we held a special virtual celebration event for our Access Aspiration Student Ambassadors to thank them for all their hard work over the past academic year.
But who are our Student Ambassadors?
But who are our Student Ambassadors? They are a passionate group of young people currently participating in the programme and who work with us to champion the importance of careers advice, work experience and academic studies amongst their peers. They also represent their Sixth Form at our meetings and events. They play an active role in elevating youth voice and produce engaging content on the issues that matter most to them. Meet our Student Ambassadors here.
In our first year of running the Student Ambassadors programme, we were thrilled to have 20 students from the following London schools take part:
- Brampton Manor
- Central Foundation Boys’ School
- Dormers Wells School
- Harris Academy Tottenham
- Kensington Alridge
- London Academy
- Stepney Green School
- St. Michael’s College
- St. Saviours and St. Olave
- Walthamstow Academy
Student Ambassadors have been supporting on Access All Areas webinars, work experience, business insights and in school activity. They have also contributed insightful blogs and vlogs on the issues that matter most to them, including racism in the UK and school life during lockdown. You can read their content here. Over the year, we kept in touch with the group regularly, running virtual sessions every half a term. We are thrilled to have had such a brilliant student team on board who have helped Access Aspiration to develop a programme for students, by students.
Here’s what they had to say about the experience:
“The amount of opportunities this programme has opened up is incredible. I want to go into medicine in the future, and I now have so much to talk about in my interviews and personal statement. Being a Student Ambassador and having a development role within my school has opened up a lot of opportunities, thank you very much.” – Khawaja
“Being a Student Ambassador has helped me to communicate with people, take responsibility and get to know peers from different schools. The programme itself has really benefitted me by helping me to decide what I want to study for my university.” – Shumaita
“In this role, I have had increased responsibilities, which has made me a more organised person. Before, I never had a set timetable, but having a commitment like this has helped me keep one. In addition, my scope of knowledge about careers and the opportunities to obtain them has increased a lot.” – Noor
“I really wanted to become a Student Ambassador to get a taste of independence and increased responsibility. By giving me this role, Access Aspiration have helped me to see what it’s like in the adult world. A highlight has been asking professionals questions in Access Aspiration webinars and encouraging other students to do the same – that was genuinely a highlight.” – Malaikah
A huge thank you to our fantastic Student Ambassadors!
Chancellor confirms £200m for school holiday activities and food programme
The Treasury’s Budget announcement of £200m a year for the continuation of the holiday activities and food (HAF) programme is very welcome news. However, it is worrying that the Government has chosen to not extend eligibility for the scheme or to expand the number of children that are eligible for Free School Meals. Currently, nearly
Dismantling built environment barriers together
Hundreds of senior leaders and practitioners across the built environment joined the official launch of our Firm Foundations campaign today, which aims to make the industry more diverse and inclusive for young Londoners, especially those from diverse socio-economic and multi-ethnic backgrounds. Speakers at the virtual event included Geeta Nanda, CEO MTVH and chair of G15 group