Luke’s story

Before participating in Reach Up Luke was in a transitional stage of his life, he had just finished education and was not yet in full-time employment. He wanted to be spending his time wisely and improving his confidence. He described the Reach Up programme as “a unique opportunity, too good to miss”.

Whilst participating in Reach Up, Coca-Cola were hugely impressed, and Luke was offered 1 week’s work experience with Coca-Cola European Partners in the Field Sales team. Luke got to the opportunity to experience a range of different roles and find out which ones he enjoyed most.

Since completing his work experience Luke is now employed full time in hospitality, with more confidence and direction in his life. Luke thinks that a programme like Reach Up is important because it could be life-changing – “It encouraged me to invest time looking at what I to do in the future…it gives people a chance to understand different roles and gives them valuable insight into the business world. A great chance to learn what they are good at!”

Positive Youth Foundation

One young woman from Cohort One loved the EmpowHER programme so much she really wanted to know how she could help bring change in the next cohort and act as a mentor. Positive Youth Foundation was able to integrate the young woman into their Metamorphosisters group as an active peer mentor.

She attended the sessions, helping to rally the group, inspire the other girls and stay on top of the management of the programme.  The main social action the group took part in was coordinating a panel discussion evening of inspiring female figures. Organising a show of this ambitious nature took a lot of administration and patience.

She supported the group in this aspect of the process, working independently outside of sessions. Furthermore, she kept a positive and hopeful attitude with the group when things got hard and the motivation to keep going became more and more difficult. Ian, a youth worker at Positive Youth Foundation reflected that her role as a peer mentor demonstrated how being part of EmpowHER increased her confidence, independence and productivity, things which she had found very difficult before.

“With very low self-esteem and social anxiety it was amazing to see the transformation she has undergone! We are all whole heartedly proud of her!”

-Ian, Youth Worker, Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry

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