The bid is part of Raleigh’s Youth Partnership Programme, which supports young people who face personal or financial challenges to volunteer on a development project in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Tanzania. The programme also helps to develop the students’ employability prospects, whilst encouraging them to become more active in their own community.
“We invest in our students’ all-round development as well as their academic success,” said Steven Kern, Youth Activities Leader at Newham Sixth Form College. “Offering an expedition in partnership with Raleigh has formed a staple part of our student enrichment programme which encompasses understanding our world, our community and leadership. We need people’s support to make this a reality for more of our students.”
Halima is one Newham student who has already volunteered with Raleigh in Tanzania. “I have developed myself in so many ways that I can no longer count,” Halima said. “It makes you believe that you are in charge of your life and it’s in your hands what you decide to do with it. It also made me realise the magnificent privileges we have that I did not notice before.”
Rahim Hassanali, Senior Youth Partnerships Officer said, “We believe that any young person with the right attitude should be able to join one of our programmes. As well as supporting young people to develop personally, the programme helps them to champion positive change in their own communities on their return. We’re proud to say that 100% of Youth Partnership participants last year agreed that their desire to continue to bring about positive change had increased after their expedition.”
You can vote throughout May by visiting Aviva’s website. You must be a UK resident to vote. You can cast up to ten votes, and all your votes can go towards supporting Raleigh!