Students from Trafford College have been celebrating their involvement with the Girl’s Network Programme at a special celebratory event at the University of Manchester.
Eight female students have been working with the Girl’s Network Mentoring Programme this year, and the event on 21st March was a celebration for all involved.
As part of the initiative, students have been meeting on a regular basis with a professional mentor to support their education and future aspirations. The Girls’ Network works with young women across the UK and aims to inspire and empower girls by matching them with an individual, professional female mentor. The network supports girls that have real potential to achieve fantastic grades and futures beyond school or college.
The programme was developed by secondary school teachers Charly and Becca in North West London when they witnessed the multiple barriers facing girls in their classrooms. They established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.
They believed that the girls needed a greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.
The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand and 100% of girls on the programme last year reported feeling more confident in themselves and in how to get to where they want to go.