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Make it! Graduation 2016 - On the big screen

Published: 17 Jul 2016


On Tuesday 12th July, another year of the Make it! project came to a close in the usual manner, with a graduation ceremony to award the young people for their excellent achievements. But this year’s was unlike any other graduation as a film documenting highlights from the past year was premiered to a full cinema screen at Genesis.

Make it! is an in-school mentoring project for pupils aged 12-13 years old in secondary schools in Tower Hamlets. We work with schools to identify young people who would benefit from a relationship with an adult. The program consists of three strands: Mentoring, group work, and community learning.

The young people, their mentors, families, teachers, funders and Toynbee Hall staff crammed into the Genesis Cinema to see the 20 minute film which captured highlights from the residential trip, the Community Project and included interviews with the young people discussing the impact the programme has had on their lives.

Make it! Graduation 2016

Graham Fisher, Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall handed out the certificates to rapturous applause from friends and other schools and a memorable performance from a young singer in the group, demonstrated the confidence and friendships built over the duration of the project.

Mentors and teachers who played a crucial part in the mentoring programme didn’t leave empty handed as mentoring qualification certificates and mementos were given in a celebration of what has been an amazing year for all involved.

Make it! is recruiting for next year. If you’re interested in changing a young person’s life, become a Make it! volunteer mentor. Find out more.