School Students Celebrate Success at Awards Ceremony
25 March 2019
The achievements of 100 students from Crawley and Gatwick schools were celebrated at an awards ceremony on Friday, March 22 at The Charis Centre, Crawley.
The event was the finale to the Be the Change programme, an initiative co-founded by Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis and Gary Peters of LoveLocalJobs.com, which aims to boost the aspirations and job prospects of young people aged between 13 and 14. Over the last six months the students have been taking part in a series of activities designed to improve hope, happiness, confidence, relationships, to change negative behaviour and to introduce them to career opportunities.
The students were congratulated and awarded certificates by the volunteer business guides alongside the Be the Change team. As the students received certificates and Be the Change ribbons, they applauded each other and reflected on the past six months. Many students stood in front of the gathered audience and revealed their feelings about moving forward with the skills they have learnt.
Andy James, Chief Commercial Officer of headline sponsor First Central Insurance & Technology Group, said: “We feel incredibly privileged to have been part of this programme, and our team of business guide volunteers have enjoyed working alongside the students. Whilst it’s sad it’s come to an end, it’s just the start for the young people involved in the project. We hope we’ve equipped them with the skills they need to succeed and we’re excited to see them progress and fulfil their potential.”
Co-founder, Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis said: “It has been an incredible journey not just for these amazing young people, but for everyone who has been involved – the teachers, the business volunteers and ourselves. Over the last few months we have been inspired by the way in which the students have engaged with us and their peers and as a result have become happier, more confident in their abilities and more excited about their futures.”
Jo Ashforth, Head of Year 9 at Holy Trinity said: “I can’t thank you all enough. I think that this programme has been really valuable and made students re-think behaviours in school and at home. It’s so nice they have had this investment!”
The students come from six secondary schools in the area: Ifield Community College, Hazelwick School, Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School, St Wilfrid's Catholic School, Oriel High School and Thomas Bennett Community College.
Be the Change Crawley and Gatwick founded by Graham Moore of Metamoorephosis and LoveLocalJobs.com has been sponsored by First Central (headline sponsor), B&CE, Crawley Borough Council, L3 Commercial Aviation, SHW, NatWest, Search Consultancy and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.