Mentoring programme helps girls build self confidence
Year 10 pupils from schools in West Lancashire and Fleetwood have completed a programme created to empower participants, increase self-confidence and equip them for their futures.
The Girls Confidence Mentoring programme was designed by Future U, and tailored in response to the needs of 30 girls from Upholland High School and Fleetwood High School.
A series of six sessions enabled the participants to recognise their personal strengths and how to act confidently in different situations.
The groups also thought about their own futures and career progression opportunities, in addition to looking at positive female role models within today’s society.
The sessions were delivered by Future U’s Outreach team Jessica Richmond and Gemma Nightingale, with Future U Outreach Student Ambassadors on hand for support and to act as role models for the girls.
Jessica said: “The aim of the programme is to encourage girls to explore the positive impact of being confident in themselves, and to build on their own self-acceptance, for them to confidently progress in their futures. It was great to see the girls growing in confidence and how the techniques we introduced them to could make them feel empowered and prepared for opportunities that may come their way.”
Pupil feedback included: “I really like this course because it has helped build my confidence in lessons,’ ‘It develops skills and gets you ready for the outside world,’ and ‘I like the sessions as it helps me speak out and share my ideas.’