Citizenship for life

Citizenship for Life (also known as C4L or Citizenship 4 Life ) is a program for teenagers that aims to improve career opportunities, business skills, and citizen awareness.

Students from selected schools apply to the program, and those who are selected to be mentored, and taken to educational rentals once a month, such as the Big Issue, the Guardian and the London School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Funding

Each program, which costs £ 2000 per student, is funded entirely from private sponsorship by local businesses, and the Rotary Club . No money is taken from the council or government funds.

History

Foundation

The Citizenship for Life program was created and organized by Charlotte Chadwick and her colleague Helen Jones.

First year, 2009-10

Helston and Mullion – for the program, with those who would be the most being selected. [1] The mentors came from several local businesses, and the rotary club, with all of them having a successful background.

The students also participated in team-building exercises at BF Adventure in Cornwall. The group completed the 12-month program which increased self-confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, team working experience, and appreciation of the world of work, social enterprise, entrepreneurship and risk.

The last event of the twelve month cycle was a celebration event at Fifteen , where all the sponsors, related officials and parents were invited. The students who were involved gave five-minute speeches about their experiences, after the project leader, Charlotte Chadwick, had spoken. Over eighty people turned up as guests to the event.

After the program, we went to the Mason Lodge in Helston to give speeches to encourage the Rotary to sponsor the next year. [2]

Second year, 2011-12

Three schools are part of this year’s program: Mullion, Falmouth, Penryn. There are 12 students, 4 from each school participating in the program.

Third year and expansion planned

A third year is planned for the Helston, Lizard, Falmouth and Penryn area, and the program will be expanding to Newquay, being led by David Chadwich [3]

External links

  • website

References

  1. Jump up^ “Rotary Club’s Article” . Rotary Club.
  2. Jump up^ “This Is Cornwall (Newspaper)” . This Is Cornwall.
  3. Jump up^ “Cornwall Council Blog” . Cornwall Council.

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