The Forerunners programme is a personal development and social action programme for young people in Years 8-10. Through every stage young people are given pots of funding to help improve their community by creating their own ideas, projects and campaigns. The sessions also include networking, organisation and management, money management and public speaking. When chosen, the Forerunners go through stages beginning with a team bonding social and finishing off with the task of creating an engaging project within their wider community where they are granted the opportunity pitch ‘Dragon’s Den style’ for funding towards their ideas. In each stage they are empowered to make well informed decisions in regards to their projects but also encouraged to further their skills such as leadership, team work and creativity.
The following is the experience of a young person who took part as a Forerunner : “Through the Forerunners programme I have had various opportunities that I would not have necessarily been able to do, such as meeting my local MP. These things have opened me up to the world, giving me insight in how the world operates after school. Each person in the team has their strengths, weaknesses, and personal traits, which has made the team reliant on each other and always lively.” Your participation within the programme can also lead to potential volunteering opportunities as well as the opportunity to be selected for further leadership programmes. The sessions are on Tuesday evenings 5 – 7pm. If you are interested, please complete the registration form on https://www.reachinghigher.org.uk/forerunners
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