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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Go 4 It! And help raise aspirations

A GROUP of Workington youngsters have celebrated their graduation from a project aimed at supporting them to develop ambition.

The year 11 students took part in the Go 4 It! project, run by Impact Housing, after statistics revealed that West Cumbrian youngsters tended to achieve less than others elsewhere in the country.

In July 2007, the year six pupils from Westfield Primary School stayed at a university, organised by the association and the University of Cumbria, aimed at giving them a taste of student life. Impact then developed the project with 11 youngsters after their move to the town’s Southfield Technology College.

The scheme used activities to support them to develop aspiration, ambition and confidence to achieve the best in life.

The pupils were also mentored by people from different professions, such as a police inspector, solicitor and restaurant owner.

Nine youngsters completed the programme and seven attended the graduation event at the Oval Centre.

Mike Muir, chief executive of Impact Housing, said: “We know this approach works and we are keen to repeat this, not just with a small group but with every young person on Salterbeck.

“We are already working with partners, employers and funders to develop another programme.

“We can see from the young people telling us about their success and ambition this evening that this approach really works.”

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