The Black Health Initiative (BHI) and Leeds University Student Union are presenting ‘Mentoring and supporting young people who are excelling in Leeds’ on 16th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at the Hidden Café Common Room at Leeds University Student’s Union – book here!
The event features presentations from young people who organised the successful #SELFIE youth conference in Leeds about the challenges they face culturally and personally, as well as from Heather Nelson, CEO at BHI.
The #SELFIE conference was conceived, developed and facilitated by a team of 4 BHI Youth Ambassadors alongside BHI’s Teenage Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
BHI Youth Ambassadors is a leadership programme in which young people aged 16-25 are given the opportunity to develop and deliver their own projects in their community whilst building their confidence and transferable employability skills.
Young people from a BME background are increasingly attaining strong GCSE results and going on to study in higher education institutes. Many initiatives often focused on young people that are disengaged or underachieving therefore, by default, those excelling are often ignored or left with little support. The aim of this conference was to initiate dialogue within Leeds amongst students from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds who are showing a level of high achievement in all/any areas of their education.
The conference sought to bring together a number of diverse young people, health agencies, charity organisations, businesses and the NHS to openly discuss ways forward to support students in regards to issues surrounding their mental health and well-being.
This issue of course does not just apply to young people from black and ethnic minority communities, so we will be exploring the issue for all young people in the City, including a presentation from students from the Leeds University Student Union on how their University experience is enhanced through the community projects they lead.
On Thursday, together, we will be exploring:
1. What makes a good mentor for young people?
2. What do young people need from mentors in the City?
3. How can we as Leaders for Leeds provide support?
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