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Aspire 2013-14 project is completed as 60 young people celebrate their achievements

Published: 3 Jul 2014


Toynbee Hall was full of young people and their families on Thursday 3rd July, as 60 Year 9 students came together to celebrate completing Aspire.

The Aspire programme, which they all started in September 2013, brings together students from six different secondary schools for a 10 month programme of activities. Throughout the year the aim is to build-up their confidence and communication skills through volunteer-led active learning, informal education and trips in, and out, of London.

The year is broken up into three terms:
‘Connect’ – which focuses on working together and listening to each other
‘Express’ – the activities are aimed at learning how to communicate your ideas
‘Express’ – looks at analysing and understanding

In total, the young people have been involved with 15 in-school sessions led by our volunteers, two trips within the borough of Tower Hamlets to places of interest, three weeks of circus skills workshops, a week’s residential to Jamie’s Farm, and three celebration events to mark the end of each term.

It has been a privilege to see each of our 60 young people grow and develop, since I first met them in September last year. There have been so many special moments across the year including a fantastic Circus Show in which lots of parents attended to support their children and also hearing three of the young people speak at a fundraising event called The Proms at St Jude's. They were incredible and never would have dreamed of doing this a year ago. Each young person has gained confidence throughout the year and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Amira Mohamed-Raouf, Youth Services Manager

Find out more about Aspire.