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Empowering young people to become role models

Empowering young people to become role models
As a large employer, we place great importance on giving back to the communities where we work and equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed.
That’s why we’re delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Be the Change initiative, an inspirational mentoring programme designed to remove barriers and help young people fulfil their potential.
During a series of conferences, one-to-one mentoring sessions and a workplace visit scheduled for the beginning of March, our business volunteers will be helping year 9 students to develop life skills, improve their confidence and life chances.
At a recent conference in Crawley, our volunteers helped the students, aged between 13 and 14, learn how to be role models for younger pupils.
They were taught that, by working together, they can have a positive influence and impact in their respective schools and communities; a message underpinning our values and very close to our hearts.
We’re proud to be a part of this important initiative that builds meaningful partnerships between local schools and businesses. Andy James, Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘‘We’re delighted to be involved in the Be the Change programme, helping young people in our community and equipping them with the tools and confidence to help prepare them for the future. Our team of business volunteers are hoping they can make a real difference.”
Organised by in partnership with Graham Moore, co-founder of Be the Change, the programme has more than 40 volunteers from local businesses and the public sector acting as business guides.
Graham, who led the conference, said: “Our vision is for every young person to have raised hope and confidence, to have the chance to develop life skills and create positive cycles that will prepare them for life. 
“Working with the younger children brings out the positive role model in our students. It promotes qualities such as leadership, team working and a sense of responsibility to those around them, especially younger and more vulnerable people.”

Find out more about Be the Change.