Ready 2 Lead 2020?

Ready2Lead? 2020 saw over eighty delegates from nine local sixth forms come together to learn about self-leadership, to reflect on the impact they can make and to act in a positive way to make a difference in their locality and beyond.

Due to covid related restrictions, we switched from a day conference to four online twilight sessions, which included inspirational input from Elke Edwards (Ivy House, London), Amani Simpson (Aviard) and Mark Hudson (E-Spired CIC) amongst others.

With delegates mixing across schools, it was, as a couple of delegates put it, a chance to “…meet some amazing people”, “to meet with like-minded students, and to learn from others”, as students reflected together on the talks and shared experiences.

As well as discussing the keynote talks, school groups worked together to develop projects aimed at meeting the UN’s global development goals. These were incredibly diverse with projects including provision of electric car charging points, minimisation of school cafeteria waste, promotion of sign language and sanitation for Ethiopian mothers during pregnancy.

For our final event we were joined by Mayor David Hodgson, Mohammad Yasin MP, Helen Nellis (Lord Lieutenant) and Susan Lousada (High Sheriff) as we met to celebrate the achievements of the delegates, to hear directly from them about their projects and to look ahead to further opportunities.

We are delighted that, since the conference, one of our groups was highly commended in the international Global Goals Competition, being recognised for their collaboration with other organisations in particular. Amongst the helpful feedback, the judges said they were “…very impressed with the way you worked with other charities, secured funding, and have outlined a future plan beyond the [GGC] competition. Your fundraising was impressive. It is excellent to see the care you took with this project as you developed your idea. The response and support you received along the way is a testimony to this… Your work with local partners in South Sudan to ensure that the project benefitted people and the economy was important in the success of this project.”

Congratulations to them and to all the delegates for making their own positive impact through their projects.

If you would like to get involved in Ready2Lead? please contact Ritu Mistry: rmistry@harpurtrust.org.uk