Girls on mentoring scheme
SOCIAL enterprise Girls Out Loud has launched its 12-month mentoring scheme at Middleton Technology School.
The Big Sister programme pairs girls in Year 8 with local female role models who meet with them once a month to boost their confidence, raise their aspirations and encourage them to believe in themselves.
At the launch on May 18, the Middleton pupils - or ‘little sisters’ - had the opportunity to meet their ‘big sister’ mentors and mark the start of the year-long journey they will take together.
The initiative will see 20 girls from the school take part in group sessions, as well as one-on-one meetings with their mentors.
Both of these will be facilitated by Girls Out Loud founder Jane Kenyon.
Jane said: “We’re so excited to be working with Middleton Technology School.
“With research showing that British teenage girls are some of the unhappiest in the world, the importance of supporting them to shine cannot be understated.
“It’s brilliant to see that the school is so committed to empowering their female pupils – here’s to Middleton’s next generation of women leaders.”
The programme is sponsored by social housing provider New Charter Housing Trust Group.
Christine Amyes, the group’s deputy chief executive, said: “As sponsors of the Great Academies Education Trust, we are delighted to support this programme.
“We believe that every child has enormous potential and that the Girls Out Loud programme is instrumental in developing self-confidence and opening up possibilities that the girls may not otherwise have thought of.”