Build My Future
Build My Future is a new education, health and wellbeing programme for 13/14 year olds, made possible by a GE Foundation grant. Business volunteers deliver fun practical activities to enable young people to discover that a good balance in four important aspects of life can help build success and happiness. The four aspects of life are:
- Expertise - skills and qualifications
- Health - physical and emotional
- Citizenship - social, political and environmental awareness
- Socialising - building strong networks of family and friends
Build My Future was developed in response to critical issues facing young people in Britain today. A quarter of 11-14s in the UK have a low estimation of their wellbeing. Teenagers are increasingly anxious about their future, and too many suffer from poor self-esteem. These factors along with declining social mobility are recognised causes of poor achievement. This programme aims to imbue teenagers with greater self-belief and help them determine their own success and happiness.
Volunteers run an exciting one day event in schools. Students explore the four elements – expertise, health, citizenship and socialising – through three interlinked activities:
Card game about life - playing as a team, the young people create a fictional character who experiences many life events that they themselves will face. Its life story is built from age 13 to 25.
Life-size puppet entity - the puppet reflects the character and its life story. The students create, decorate and script their puppet.
Presentation - the young people must convey the character and its life story to memorably affirm the day's learning objective for everyone.
I wish my 13 and 14 year olds could do this event. I think taking time out of school and life to think about who they are, how they might deal with any situation and how decisions can shape their future is something that should be in the curriculum for every teenager.