Local Organisations in Crawley Help Boost Young People’s Confidence and Career Prospects

15 October 2019

Be the Change is back for its fourth year in Crawley, launching on the 22 October at The Arora Hotel.

This year, students from Ifield Community College, Hazelwick School, St Wilfrids Catholic School, Oriel High School and Holy Trinity CofE Secondary School will have the opportunity to be mentored by local business volunteers from businesses including PwC, Natwest, L3 Harris, Crawley Borough Council, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Search Consultancy.

In preparation for the programme launch, we invited Latifah, a student from the 2017 Crawley programme to write about her experience:

I go to Hazelwick School and I am now in Year 11. I went on the Be the Change course two years ago and returned in 2019 to help others understand the course and meanings of it.

My expectations for Be the Change were a couple days out of school and to please my teachers. When walking into the first event I thought “here we go again, all the badly behaved students, this is going to be fun.”

It was the complete opposite, in fact, it was hard hitting.

When walking into the hall, I was greeted by a strange man called Graham Moore. He shook my hand as I entered and told me not to look so embarrassed. My stomach was turning and I felt sick. This was nothing I had ever experienced before. Nearly 300 people all staring as I entered.

Be the Change changed my life completely. It brought hope back into my life and gave me a reason to live again; for that I thank all the staff team at Be the Change and my mentor Lucy who I am still in contact with and have built a good relationship with.

Be the Change was the best thing that I had in my life and I am so grateful to be selected to write this for them. 2017 was my first launch. At lunch time I had a food fight with one of the other students there, but Graham was adamant that we could not be sent home. He had seen a change in us and believed in us when we didn’t even believe in ourselves. After that I went to see Graham and I explained my situation to him. He nearly cried. I could see the tears in his eyes.

That’s the day I knew that I was lucky to be where I was. I was surrounded by people that had their own problems and yet we all felt alone. We all found closure in each other and that’s all due to the Be the Change staff members and the mentors that are supporting them.

I recommend this course to anyone and everyone. It will honestly change your life and it will change you!

Be the Change is made possible through the invaluable support of local businesses. Senior Partner at PwC’s Gatwick Office, Matthew Hall, said: "At PwC we are delighted to be sponsoring the Be the Change programme in Crawley. This is an incredible opportunity for us to help address social mobility challenges and ensure everyone has the chance to succeed, regardless of their background.

“Businesses have a major role to play in supporting our local communities. Our PwC mentors are really looking forward to helping local young people, and giving back to our neighbouring communities."

The Be the Change programme has been developed by the LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC and Be the Change co-founder Graham Moore, also of humanutopia, to help 13 and 14 year-olds negotiate the gap between education and employment. Volunteer business guides from the local business community play a pivotal role throughout the programme, providing guidance, support and advice for the young people.

To find out more contact foundation@lovelocaljobs.com

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