Girls on men­tor­ing scheme

Middleton Guardian - - MIDDLETON PEOPLE -

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.”

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