21/09/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Girls) student Alice Burgess has been given a new lease of life after working with award-winning youth charity Reclaim.
Speaking at the North Manchester Girls Graduation event, Alice said Reclaim, which aims to help young people make positive changes in their communities, has helped her to understand how good conduct can improve her personal outlook.
Over 250 people, including family and friends, turned up to watch Alice and eight other MC&MA Girls’ students receive accolades for their commitment to improving Moston at the special ceremony.
The pupils attended a ten-month course where they created a manifesto focussing on making their town a better place. They balanced the project with their studies over the last academic year.
This involved volunteering for community events. The students also had business mentors and attended careers courses.
‘Honest and open’
Melissa Rainey, Community Liason Officer at the Manchester-based project, said Alice gave a very honest and open speech about her past behaviour at the event held at the Zion Arts Centre in Hulme.
“She went on to mention that it was only recently that she realised what Reclaim was about, and that by throwing herself into helping out over the past couple of weeks she has now realised what Reclaim can do for her.”
Melissa added: “The girls have come so far over the past ten months on the project. The graduation ceremony was a great chance for everyone to celebrate their achievements with them and give recognition for all their effort and hard work they have put in.”
Alongside Alice, the students were Danielle Drummond-Welsh, Paige Freeman-Blakeborough, Georgia Hawkins, Chelsea Howarth, Alex Scrowcroft, Gemma Sheppard and Georgia Wilds.
Well done to everyone involved!