Break­ing down the bar­ri­ers... and on way to North

Yorkshire Post - - EDUCATIONO­NMONDAY -

AN INI­TIA­TIVE de­signed to in­spire young women from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds to forge suc­cess­ful ca­reers is to host its first ever event in York­shire.

Vic­to­ria Azubuike founded the US Pro­gramme in 2016 and has since sup­ported more than 600 girls liv­ing in Lon­don and the sur­round­ing area.

How­ever, now the pro­ject, which aims to break down bar­ri­ers to achieve­ment, is head­ing north with an event planned for Leeds in Jan­uary.

Ms Azubuike said: “We un­der­stand that part of the way of be­com­ing an in­di­vid­ual who makes a pos­i­tive im­pact is to learn the se­crets from those who are al­ready suc­ceed­ing.

“At this event we will bring to­gether a panel of fe­male lead­ers from the re­gion to share their sto­ries and re­veal how they are mak­ing their mark across var­i­ous in­dus­tries.”

Aimed at fe­male stu­dents aged 14 to 19, who are cur­rently sit­ting GCSEs, A-lev­els or BTECs, the con­fer­ence will in­clude panel dis­cus­sions, group pre­sen­ta­tions, in­ter­ac­tive work­shops and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as an on-go­ing sup­port and men­tor­ing scheme.

Ms Azubuike added: “Our fo­cus is on devel­op­ing key skills and con­fi­dence, whether that be writ­ing a great CV or feel­ing able to give a pre­sen­ta­tion in front of a group of strangers.

“It is about en­cour­ag­ing them to be­lieve be­yond their cur­rent cir­cum­stances and so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground, so that they are un­stop­pable in pur­su­ing their goals and dreams to lead in all they do.

“For us it is im­por­tant that girls across Bri­tain are aware of or­gan­i­sa­tions like ours, who work with them to­wards their def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess.”

The Leeds con­fer­ence, which is sup­ported by the law firm Squire Pat­ton Boggs, will take place on Jan­uary 26.

To be el­i­gi­ble, stu­dents must be able to demon­strate that they are ei­ther el­i­gi­ble for free school meals or are the first gen­er­a­tion of their fam­ily set to at­tend univer­sity. For more de­tails about the or­gan­i­sa­tion or to book places, visit us­pro­gramme.co.uk

VIC­TO­RIA AZUBUIKE: Founded the US Pro­gramme in 2016 and has sup­ported 600 girls.

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