Women students learn lessons in empowerment and life skills
A project aimed at inspiring and equipping young women with skills enabling them to “take ownership of their education, careers and lives” has been completed by 17 students.
The She Leads: A Real-World Readiness Programme saw youngsters from Bermuda High School, The Berkeley Institute, Bermuda Institute, CedarBridge Academy and Somersfield spend a week together to build on their abilities.
Among the activities aimed at bonding and self-awareness was yoga, as well as a rota of workshops and speakers focused on “empowerment”.
Shirley Kelly, She Leads facilitator, said: “This year we welcomed a group of quietly determined young ladies from five high schools.
“Over the course of the week together, they pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to learn and try new things.
“The skills that are taught during the week are not always included in the regular school curriculum but are essential for all aspects of their lives — personal, educational and professional.
“Twenty women from our community took time during the week to share their experiences, expertise and advice with these young women — and it has been an invaluable experience for all involved. I am so proud of these young women for their commitment and courage.”
Projects had titles such as “When are you at your best?” and “Crushing your inner critic and unleashing your inner confidence”.
A spokeswoman for HSBC, which provides financial support for the initiative as the lead sponsor, said: “We believe that life skills such as financial literacy are fundamental, and the experience all the participants had will positively benefit their future."
Sarah Dunstan, of WeSpeak, which helped the students with public presentations, said: “The change in confidence that we see in a few short hours is inspiring and seeing these young women support each other, and be supported by our volunteer coaches reminds us of why WeSpeak was created in the first place.
“By empowering each other, we can shape the next generation of female leaders and we are honoured to have supported them in a small part of their journey.”
Since its launch in 2019, nearly 100 young women have taken part in the programme.
• Applications for the 2024 She Leads Programme will open in March 2024 and information can be found at www.bhs.bm or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org