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Young people celebrated becoming the first cohort in the UK to complete Ambition’s Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme earlier this month.
Ambition was proud to join in the celebrations at London Youth by handing out certificates to member groups from Downside Fisher and Hackney Quest youth clubs, who have been working on the personal and social development programme for the past six months.
London Youth is one of seven members in Ambition's network currently delivering the programme, with three more commencing in April 2014.
The programme is made up of 102 lessons on a range of topics, from group work to community projects.
Young participant Oliver said: “I went to Lions Quest to meet and interact with new people and to make new friends. The best bit was when we went to Woodrow High House on a residential and we did all these different activities, meeting another youth group. It has made me more social because before I didn't really interact with people, because I didn't have the confidence.”
Ambition is delivering Lions Quest for the first time in the UK thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Realising Ambition scheme, which supports evidence-based projects to improve outcomes for young people.
Although the programme is already being run in schools in 72 countries worldwide, this is the first time it has ever been delivered in youth clubs.
One mum commented on the positive impact the programme has had on her son: “One of the biggest differences I’ve seen is the way he's come out of himself. When he comes home he is always full of stories. It was good to know that I was sending him somewhere that he was safe and that would help his future.”
London Youth Chief Executive Rosie Ferguson told the young participants that they should feel proud of themselves, adding: “Six months is a really long time to continue with something. To get started is one thing but to see it through to the end is another. It's the youth workers that make this programme work. Thank you to Ambition for making this possible.”