Welcome to Amy’s Blog, I will add to this my story of how the campaign is building.
The Inspiring Young Women Programme is designed to encourage young women to realise their aspirations, overcome perceived barriers, be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and women in business, prepare for employment and enterprise, understand pathways to achievement and make positive choices for their future.
I have been asked to talk to the young women about the barrier I faced when at school when I was bullied. I want to share with them how I overcame this barrier and have turned it into something positive by setting up my own social enterprise.
I want all young people to understand that in life we will all face barriers but to never give up. It is possible to turn these negative experiences into positive and successful ones!
Talent Match Cornwall aims to help 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for a year or more, to find work through developing their professional skills and confidence and connecting them with opportunities for work, education and training.
Talent Match offers support and guidance from other young people who have been in a similar situation – the kind of support that can’t be found anywhere else. The programme is free to join, comes with tons of other benefits and is tailored to meet your needs.
I am really excited to talk to the members as I feel my story could really inspire them to look into other pathways to employment such as setting up their own social enterprise or organisation.
The Be Inspired conferences are set-up and run by the Enterprise Foundation South West. The conferences gives Year 9 students the chance to hear from young people who are making it happen here in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
As a young person who has set up an award winning not for profit organisation, I was asked to attend and to share my experiences.
At two conferences, I explained to students from local schools what I do at Stay Strong and how I came to this anti-bullying social enterprise.
I shared my story and experiences of being bullied with them and was open and honest about the difficult times I went through.
So that my presentation stuck in the minds of the students I used a YouTube video to introduce myself. You can watch this video here.
I shared with students my belief that with the support of your family and belief in yourself, you are able to achieve anything. I have overcome bullying and now help others to do the same.
Ben Rowswell, Student Liaison Manager at The Cornwall College Group said this about StayStrong :) Anti Bullying Week:
‘This Anti Bullying week saw a great combination of enthusiasm from Cornwall College Students’ Union and expertise from Stay Strong who worked together to highlight the importance of having consideration for other people, and the long lasting impact that both positive & negative communication can have.
Tony Woolman (CCSU President) said: “It was great to work with the Stay Strong team on such an important issue and to engage over a hundred students of all ages in this activity. Cornwall College Students’ Union have been supporting the work of Amy jones and her charity for a few years now and Stay Strong has really gained recognition for being innovative and inspirational, especially to young people who may be looking for advice.”
During Anti-Bullying week I visited schools, colleges, radio stations, businesses and attended events raising awareness of bullying. I really enjoyed my time throughout anti-bullying week and it was great to see so many people throughout Cornwall supporting Stay Strong and helping to overcome bullying.
Check out what I got up to:-
AM: I was invited into the Pirate FM studio to have an interview with Neil and Tina and it was great, I spoke about what I would be getting up to this week and how far Stay Strong had come since I spoke with them.
PM: Myself and my Mentor put together teaching resource packs that we had prepared for Cornwall College to deliver across their seven sites.
AM: I visited nine of my local primary and secondary schools and delivered leaflets and links to lesson plans that Stay Strong had developed in preparation for Anti-bullying week.
PM: I spent time at Fit n Fun Crèche in Falmouth and gave advice to a little girl who was a victim of bullying.
I was invited to visit Polperro Primary School to talk to their Children about my experience of bullying and to carry out activities to help raise awareness and ultimately help prevent bullying. The first activity was where they had to write down in groups as many words, statements and types of bullying that they could and I was amazed by how much they knew and it was great to hear their own ideas on how they would help others being bullied. We then did an activity where they got to decorate a piece of bunting to show their support for Stay Strong and they answered a question on the back which was ‘How would you help overcome bullying within your school?’. They really enjoyed it as they got to use different materials such as glitter, coloured pens and pencils and different types of fabric. The bunting exercise really helped everyone to understand that everyone’s different and that’s ok! They all came up with some fabulous designs which were all very unique. The activities allowed the Children to talk amongst themselves and discuss their experiences of bullying it also allowed them to ask me questions about my own personal experiences.
AM: Throughout the year I have been working closely with Cornwall College and for anti-bullying week we had all 7 campuses delivering our Stay Strong lesson plan and using the resources we provided. I joined St Austell Campus and carried out our lesson plan in their social space ‘The Treg’. I spent lots of time talking to the students about bullying and raising awareness and thoroughly enjoyed engaging the learners in the activity.
PM: I was given the opportunity to have my own stand at the Enterprise Foundation launch, it was great to talk to adults about Stay Strong. I was able to talk to them about how I overcame bullying and what Stay Strong is doing to help others that are victims of bullying.
Anti-bullying week 2014 was a great success for Stay Strong. It was wonderful to see the amount of support from everyone I visited. I love meeting new people and sharing my story in hope that it helps others.