Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award
The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award brings young people together from different socioeconomic, religious and cultural backgrounds for a shared experience during their final year of school. The programme, delivered over a six-month period, starts with a challenging five-day Outward Bound residential course designed to develop pupils’ personal skills and attributes, such as confidence, determination and the ability to work with others. Upon returning to school, they work in groups to identify, organise and deliver a project that benefits their local community. The programme provides a unique opportunity for young people to prepare for their next step onto higher education, training or employment and to make a positive contribution to society.
“I have met and made some lovely new friends, and the award has helped me to believe in myself. I am more aware of the work volunteers in my community put in for those who are really vulnerable and need help. Before participating in the award I had no idea. I am more aware now of how I can help my local community, and the award has really opened my eyes to the power each and every one of us has to do good in our society.”
“Before my time in residential I was quite shy and I only wanted to interact with my friends and the people I know already, I wouldn’t have done any sort of community work if I hadn’t came out of my shell. I’ve made several friends and I am more confident with speaking to strangers, I feel more proud as a result of the work I helped to do with my team.”
Matthew, Smithycroft Secondary School