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