Empowering teenagers to find their passion in life

by Lesley Strachan Training in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

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The aim of this project is to transform the lives of disadvantaged young adults who can't yet find their way in their life and career.

by Lesley Strachan Training in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Who I am

My name is Lesley Strachan and I’m an award winning educational trainer in The Success Principles for Teenagers Programme here in the UK. I’m also the author of The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate. I also have a passion for developing employability skills in students and am well published in this area and have worked with local employers to get students more work ready. I've been volunteer mentor for several years in schools in Southampton giving back to the community and improving the lives of young people.

What I'm trying to do

My vision is that all students will acquire the laser clarity and confidence to know what they want from life and their career and go after it. An impact study shows that students then make great decisions for their future either in education, or in the work force. I want to create more light bulb moments for students when they realise who they and what they want, it makes me so very proud of them. 

Why is this important

Teenagers face ever increasing challenges in today’s fast moving world. More teenagers than ever are stressed and anxious about their lives. They feel depressed about their prospects, and often are affected by peer pressure and the need to fit in with others. With the lack of  of career guidance available at school it’s hard for teenagers to be confident about the life and career they aspire to.

There are also pressures from adults to pursue a certain career path without teenagers really knowing who they are or what they want from life. This makes choosing subjects, further and higher education and getting a job much harder for them. Over 70% have no idea what they want from life causing mental health issues. Yet I can help teenagers and their parents with all of these problems.

Teenagers I work with have a problem – they have no idea what they want to do with their lives and I’ve seen first hand their inability to maximise their potential in school, college, university and their jobs.

How can we make this happen

I believe that everyone should have access to confident life and career choices, do you? I have a vision to work with over 1,000 students to start with and the funds will be used to enable schools and colleges to take up my programme without having to worry about time, costs or resources. I am DBS registered so I can hit the ground running.

Here's what pupils say about the programme

"I took this course which help me to understand where I fit into the world of work. Now I have a better vision of what I want to do and think bigger than I used to. I also have created a new CV which reflects me as a person and got a job with John Lewis to show that I have work experience. I also created a vision board which reminds me every day of what I want to achieve in life. Year 11 student at Chamberlayne College for the Arts".

“So I just wanted to email you to say thank you, that you’ve actually changed my life in an hour and I’m genuinely excited for my future which is the first time I’ve felt this way”. Student Havant & South Downs College.

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