With some inspiring words and wisdom from England Women Boxers, Stacey Copeland and Rachel Bower and support from the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, The Change Foundation successfully launched ‘GenerationSTORM’, a new women and girls mentoring programme at the Houses of Parliament (17th June).
New Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, said, “Initiatives like GenerationSTORM that put mentors in place as support (for young women) is incredibly important and from what I have seen here today they will go on and inspire a future generation”.
It was however the words of advice and wisdom from two mentors and champions of women’s sport, England boxers Stacey Copeland and Rachel Bower that really struck accord with those at the launch. Stacey (Copeland) who said, “It is a privilege to be involved with GenerationSTORM, as it is a programme that really connects with me”.
Both Stacey and Rachel were asked what advice they would give to young women starting out. Rachel said, “I would say, you can be anything that you want to be, there are no limits”. Stacey had two things to pass on, “First, have true belief as you deserve to be there, and second, always leave a positive impact on other people”.
The charity’s local MP, Tom Brake was also at the launch in support said, “I am very pleased to be able to support the launch of this mentoring programme in the House of Commons. The positive impact that the mentors will have on the young women involved in helping them develop and perhaps take up new skills, new opportunities that they thought they could never do, will I am sure make it a great success”.
Navjeet Sira, Head of Programmes and Impact at The Change Foundation notes; “What a fantastic evening and launch. I have been overwhelmed with the number of women approaching me about mentoring on the programme. Clearly there is a huge desire for experience exchange to benefit young women who may not have any positive role models.’
What is GenerationSTORM?
The programme, using mentoring, and fitness and well-being workshops, ‘Generation STORM’ will provide female care leavers aged 16 – 24, with a range of skills that challenge and inspire them to think positively about their future. Each person will work with their mentors, who will be from Amnesty International, Santander Global Banking and lobbying group, Women in Sport to create and implement personal development plans which will aim to support the young women through transitions into work or training.
The young women are then paired with emerging successful women from a range of backgrounds, professions and experiences as their mentors. The two groups from two generations will formulate a ‘Special Team of Role Models’ (STORM). They develop lasting relationships to create a mentoring culture which continually promotes self-worth and personal development to other disadvantaged women and girls in their communities.
Activities within Generation STORM include:
- Weekly sessions fitness and well-being sessions combined with personal development
- Skills workshops every month including; positive self-image, DIY skills, bike and car maintenance, etiquette session, diet and health, budgeting, women and politics and work ready skills.
- 10 mentoring sessions with assigned mentor.
- A graduation celebration.
Generation STORM reinforces the messages of campaigns such as #ThisGirlCan, #Play& Sway and #WomenInSportWeek, that women all over the world can ‘do what they do and let nothing (not even sweat) stand in their way.’
To find out more about #GenerationSTORM click here or use the contacts below to find out how to become a Mentor.
If you would like to join the programme or refer young people contact:
Lisa Cole – Women and Girls Development Coach
If you would like to become a mentor contact:
Navjeet Sira – Head of Programmes & Impact