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BP Young Leader Amelia, BP Young Leaders Programme 2014

Amelia* talks about her time with the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 and how she has been given opportunities to develop her skillset and look forward to the future.

I was referred to the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 by my social worker, having been unemployed for four months. I had been in foster care since the age of 12 due to circumstances at home and having just secured my own place, I was looking for opportunities to get her out of the house and develop my personal skills. Having had depression and panic attacks in the past, my self-esteem was pretty low.

I was put in touch with Action for Children (one of the delivery partners involved in the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014), and since starting the programme so much has happened.  I’ve got my Emergency First Aid Certificate and taken part in various workshops including Goal Setting, Interview Skills and a teambuilding day.

On a very cold December day, I also volunteered at a community gardens project in Edinburgh.  This involved cutting back branches and clearing the muddy leaf strewn paths. However the biggest achievement so far has been working towards my Level 2 Community Sports Leader Award, where every Friday I learn about how to run games sessions for children.  As part of the assessment, I delivered a three hour sports session to a group of twelve primary school children.  I set up activities, explained instructions, made sure health and safety was followed and supervised the children at all times. It was such a brilliant experience.

During the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, I moved into the hotel with the other BP Young Leaders and volunteering throughout the Games. This was the experience of a life-time! I made so many friends and also contacts in the world of sport and maintained links with athletes and organisations through social media.

In the last month, after a handful of interviews, I’ve started working in an administration role, as well as going to college to do a course in Health and Social Care, because it’s my dream to become a paramedic. I’m also taking driving lessons, supported by funding from the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014. So much has happened in the last 18 months. I’ve met so many people, learnt so much and now I’m really excited about my future.

*Name and identifying details have been changed to protect Amelia’s privacy.