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Lambeth students aim high with Street Elite

24th May 2019

Lambeth Council’s Deputy Leader has praised 19 young women from Lambeth, following their graduation from an impactful youth support project.

Cllr Jennifer Braithwaite visited Lilian Baylis Technology School today (Friday) to meet the group and hear first-hand how the three-month Street Elite programme has helped them grow in confidence, learn new skills, and challenge their preconceptions about women in sport.  

The graduates, all local residents aged 14-15, have been taking part in intensive coaching sessions run by qualified sports coaches and mentors from The Change Foundation, with support from the Berkeley Foundation and Lambeth Council.

This unique youth project, running for the first time in the borough, uses a combination of team sports, group workshops and one-to-one mentoring to build aspiration, skills and self-belief.

Nominated to take part by their teachers, the young women were identified as students who could benefit most from this intensive programme, which aims to stop people falling out of education, or give them a renewed outlook on their abilities.

Amina, a student at Lilian Baylis Technology School said “Street Elite has opened my eyes to different opportunities and has motivated me to do more sports. It’s been an amazing experience and I have learned a lot. It’s also increased my confidence.”

Cllr Braithwaite, Lambeth council’s Deputy Leader, said: “These young women are a fantastic reminder of the talent and ambition that is ready to be harnessed in Lambeth. Hearing them speak about their experience with Street Elite just shows the self-confidence that the programme has given them.

“As a Lambeth Equality Commissioner I am really encouraged to see how the initiative is helping young women to find their voices. Sport can work as a great launch pad for young women to build their ambition and confidence for the future.”   

Sally Dickinson, Head of the Berkeley Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that young women in Lambeth are experiencing the benefits of the Street Elite programme for the first time.

Thanks to the support of Lambeth Council, all 19 graduates are leaving the course with more conviction in their own abilities and what women can achieve.”

Each training session is based around team sports, helping to build confidence and teach valuable leadership and team working skills. 

Many of the graduates have been a renewed energy and become better communicators, gaining a more positive outlook and setting themselves new education and career goals for the future.

The Street Elite model was first developed by The Change Foundation and the Berkeley Foundation in 2012.

Since then programmes have run in boroughs across London, empowering hundreds of young people to make positive changes and take steps towards rewarding careers.

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