Citizenship scheme aims to motivate young people
TEN YOUNG people from Newquay will have the chance to travel the UK as part of a programme which aims to make them better citizens.
Citizenship for Life (C4L) is a 12-month initiative designed to inspire and motivate young people who face challenges in their lives.
The scheme is now being established in Newquay and five Year 8 and 9 students will be chosen from both Newquay Tretherras and Newquay Treviglas schools.
It is hoped that the scheme will build on the young people's confidence and self-esteem, helping to broaden their horizons and make them better citizens.
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David Chadwick, community network manager for Newquay and St Columb Major, said: "The team is working with the Citizenship for Life project manager to establish a C4L programme in Newquay.
"The programme will inspire and motivate young people who are subject to certain challenges in their lives, providing them with the opportunity to experience different aspects of life and work around the UK.
"This kind of inspirational and stimulating learning environment raises each young person's confidence and self-esteem and helps them to broaden their horizons, ignite their true career aspirations and ultimately help them to understand how to become a better and more active citizen.
"It also positively impacts on the local economy in Cornwall."
Each of the ten young people recruited will be paired with a mentor drawn from local businesses, local government, the military and the public sector.
In a previous programme, students were able to meet humanitarian Terry Waite, visit a prison and talk to inmates, as well as travel to the Isles of Scilly to find out first hand about business opportunities there.
Newquay Tretherras said it had signed up to Citizenship for Life, which will be launched in a Year 8 assembly on March 6.
Interested students will be given an application form and successful candidates will all be interviewed by the C4L team.
Jacqui McGlynn, who is co-ordinating the scheme at Tretherras said: "C4L is a wonderful initiative which will enable five lucky students from Year 8 to participate in active citizenship."
The programme is privately funded by local businesses, private investors and other organisations such as The Rotary.