RECLAIM Young People

“RECLAIM has provided me with opportunities I just wouldn’t have had elsewhere. I want other young people to experience the learning I’ve had on the programme, take the trips I have taken, and learn from a mentor like I have. The whole process has been inspirational but more than anything it’s made me focus on who I want to be and how I get there. I know I’m only young but we can accomplish a lot if we come together. I’ve enjoyed everything, from going to Liverpool and meeting community activists to being in Saltaire and looking at different types of economic models. It’s been an amazing experience, thank you so much” Salford Boys Participant, now aged 15

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"I’m from a mixture of an Eastern and Western family. I was born in London and raised in Syria until I returned to England in 2010. In the UK I faced bullying and racism every single day, as I was the only Muslim girl in my school. When RECLAIM joined my life when I was 13 it taught me to stand up, speak up and be heard in society. This is when my life changed. RECLAIM nominated me for a national award which meant I was able to achieve my dream of meeting the Prime Minister. Without RECLAIM I would have stayed the shy girl being bullied and I wouldn’t be able to move on or do any of the positive things I have done. RECLAIM gave me the courage to believe in myself and my ability, which made me stronger and a totally different person.  Thank you RECLAIM for making me discover that other person inside me and helping me realise that a journey of a thousand miles can start with a small step." Wythenshawe Girls Participant, now aged 18

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“RECLAIM took me from the mindset of 'this is it for me, South Manchester is my life'. We really challenged our ideas of what success was like, how it's harder for 'us' than it is for middle class kids. If anything it was an eye opener of what's out there, and what we're up against. I never had that one to one time at home, the conversations of 'how was school today, what do you want to do in the future?' I only had that from RECLAIM. That's so important. RECLAIM challenged me to question myself, stretch myself” South Manchester Girls Participant

Teachers, parents and other adults who work closely with RECLAIM participants also notice significant change in young people through their experience on our programmes.

"[My daughter has] become more aware of the wider world, equality and inequality. The issues people face – men, women, poverty, power. It’s a great all-round education – but, more importantly to give our children the tools to make change and be aware of what they can achieve!" Parent of participant, Moss Side Girls

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"[My daughter] really enjoys it, she always comes home telling me all about what she's learnt and talking about politics. It's really important for them to be able to express themselves - she's never been good at talking about what she's done before but she always comes back chewing my ear off after RECLAIM sessions because she loves it so much. I'm so grateful for all of the work the staff have put in with them, thank you so much you are all doing a great job." Parent of participant, Moss Side Girls

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"[Brinnington] is looked down on… we're all classed as drunks or junkies and the only way to improve a child's aspirations is to give them something to aim for. If you can show a child what they can achieve then that empowers them to make the changes for themselves… [RECLAIM have] helped the kids in so many ways I couldn't even count."  Mother of two RECLAIM participants, Brinnington cohort

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 “Through RECLAIM, the girls have been empowered to make their voices heard and highlight issues that are important to them.  They have been given responsibility and shown trust which has built confidence and self-belief. The girls have gained a greater understanding of their own personal strengths and how to put their skills in to practise to work as an effective team.” Teacher, All Hallows RC Business, Enterprise & Sports College 

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“I have just read the feedback from the interviews, which are very encouraging. I have no doubt that this was a very good learning experience for our young people, and it will prove to be beneficial for them later in life.” Teacher, St Peter’s High School