Young Leader from 2012 talks about her experience

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“I got put forward for the young leaders programme by my care worker. I was still at school and the programme gave me the motivation and skills to empower me and made me realise I had potential. Our workers were amazing, our hub became like a family  to us all however dysfunctional at times! We were given phenomenal chances and experiences which without the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust & BP we would never have had.

More so the Olympics was life changing all the people I met and encountered and being part of something so special and having athletes and workers around you who were there because they wanted to empower you and levelled with you not because they were paid to made all the difference. I regained my self confidence and felt like I had a purpose in life. “It’s not where your from it’s where you’re at” and ” It’s not what happened to you it’s what you do with it” were words I never believed in until completion of the programme.I was enabled to see myself and life from a different perspective and not stereotyped.

After the programme I secured a job as a community learning & development youth worker as I was influenced greatly and wanted to be able to give something back. I am starting university to study psychology and without the young leaders and my mentor helping me with my personal statement I wouldn’t be where I am now or be the person I am today and will always be eternally grateful for what they gave to me. A few of us were that inspired we are looking to continue the Olympic legacy into volunteering in Rio in order to give other disadvantaged young people the inspiration we had.

Embrace the opportunities given to you throughout the programme and the commonwealth as they will live with you forever, the memories the atmosphere, the people everything! You might not feel it now but it’s life changing & you will miss the games life but never let it fade; it will eternally be part of you. be proud of what you have accomplished and gained as it can be hard at times but so so worth it! You were there and you made something magical happen. It reiterated that anything is possible and despite where you come from or issues you gave faced, the world is your oyster and you can do anything you put your mind to! Good luck to all the young leaders and embrace everything while you are at the Games.”

Lauren, 23, from the 2012 Young Leaders Programme speaking about her experience

Five young leaders meet Dame Kelly Holmes

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Five lucky young people from the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014 were yesterday invited to meet Dame Kelly and Paralympian Richard Whitehead! The two sporting legends did a talk at the Blythswood Square Hotel for BP, a company that’s been supporting the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as gold partners  for some time now.

Young Leaders Anas, Steven, Aiden, Sidi and Michael listened to Dame Kelly and Richard Whitehead’s talk, and then got to chat to them afterwards, and take pictured wearing Richard’s gold medal from London 2012. Sidi said: “Such a great experience. Dame Kelly even mentioned and congratulated us in her speech. Her and Richard Whitehead are such inspirational athletes – what an experience.”

Day 1 at the Commonwealth Games 2014

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What a start to the Commonwealth Games 2014 for our Young Leaders! While several were volunteering at a festival on Glasgow Green yesterday, others were helping spectators get to the opening ceremony, which took place last night in spectacular style.

Denzel, who carried the Baton for Glasgow earlier this summer, had the task of welcoming the 40,000 spectators as they walked up to Celtic Park to the ceremony. “Hello Glasgow!” he bellowed through his megaphone, to much applause. Today the competitions will start, including badminton, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash and table tennis. We will be reporting on how young people and athletes get on throughout the Games so watch this space.

 

The countdown to the Games is over!

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After 7 years of planning, the countdown to the Commonwealth Games is over. Tonight’s Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Glasgow, will welcome the 6000 participating athletes who will be representing 71 nations in total. More than 2000 people will take part in this evening’s celebration, which will be broadcast to more than 1.5 billion people around the world.

We would like to wish all of the young people on the BP Young Leaders Programme 2014, who have been on an incredible journey over the last 9 months, the best of luck as they begin their volunteering roles at the Games and put into practice all they’ve learnt over this time.