Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#YoungPeople, all unemployed with their own personal barriers, joined together as freedom writers.

YMCA Bedfordshire wins coveted national award
A group of young writers from YMCA Bedfordshire have been officially recognised for their invaluable contribution to a local school by winning the Community Impact Award, part of The Prince's Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

The team of 14 young people, all unemployed and with their own personal barriers, joined together on the YMCA Bedfordshire-run Prince's Trust Hemel Hempstead Team 3 programme. 
They wanted to undertake a challenge that would fulfill a genuine need, deciding to help the Collett School in Hemel Hempstead by replacing the primary school age books for older teenagers with reading difficulties with their own work. 
Setting their sights high, the group wrote and published a series of six books that would inspire and engage the students, raising funds through hosting a pub quiz and persuading local businesses to donate.

Paul Hunt, CEO of YMCA Bedfordshire, said: 
"Every member of the team has been on an individual journey overcoming many barriers and they should all be extremely proud of what they have achieved, not only as a team but also as individuals."