A group of 13 dedicated students have been exploring perceptions, prejudices and behaviours as part of a young leadership programme at Central College Nottingham. Catalyst ran from 15-19 February during the half term break. The aim of the course was to build the young people’s confidence and help to realise their potential.
The group consisted mainly of Central College students, who came together from across different curriculum areas. However, the programme was also open to participants from other education institutions. The young leadership trainees listened to a variety of external speakers and worked together on themes including: networking, leadership, teamwork, inter-faith, communication and community.
James Carver, Central College Uniformed Public Services student, said:
“Catalyst was amazing. We learnt about so many different topics and had the chance to make new friends and find our true potential.”
Ami Ancliffe, Central College Business Administration student, said:
“The course helped me in many ways, from building confidence to learning things about faith and leadership.”
Julia Sznura, Central College Art and Design student, said:
“I can definitely say that I became more confident as a person and, with all the knowledge I took out of this course, my vision for making my future better and how to do it is much clearer.”
The course was delivered by the St Philip’s Centre in Leicester and funded by Near Neighbours. Catalyst is one of the UK’s most dynamic and interactive young leader training programmes. It aims to build the confidence of and make real the potential of young people aged 16-25 years so that they can change their communities for the better. Catalyst involves a range of activities and learning opportunities based on themes such as: Networking, Leadership, Teamwork, Inter Faith, Communication and Community.