HeadStart graduates shine at City Hall

Thursday 29 August 2019 marked the end of a HeadStart journey for a group of young people who graduated from their internships with the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The graduation ceremony was held at City Hall in London where HeadStart young people and their friends and families joined staff from the GLA in celebrating their achievements over the summer.

Amanda Lamb, third sector programme manager, opened the ceremony by saying how “amazingly well” every young person had done during the HeadStart programme. She also said that a poll showed that “70% of HeadStart young people are ‘work-ready’ and more employable after completing the programme.”

The HeadStart grads shared their group presentations detailing their experiences at GLA and the skills they had learnt. This included skills such as setting up meetings and booking appointments to speaking to communication skills and teamwork. One young person, seventeen-year-old Omonye Ifidon from Southwark, said that she now has the confidence to say yes to new experiences’ and that she loved meeting new people during HeadStart.

Joanne McCartney AM, deputy mayor of education and childcare, said “on behalf of the Mayor and the GLA staff, we take pride in involving you in our work here. I want to thank you for all of the volunteering you’ve done to date and let you know that it’s appreciated.

“We all come from different walks of life, but one thing that I’m sure that we’re all passionate about is making London a better place to live.”

Now that their HeadStart journeys are complete, the graduates are looking at their next steps including completing their A Levels and applying for university. Omonye added that after spending time working with the health team at the GLA she would love to study medicine at university in the future.

She said “working in the health team at the GLA was a great starting point for me, now I’m focusing on what’s coming next.”