At Stoke Ambassador Club (Whizz-Kidz youth club), I am a Silver Young Leader. I felt very honoured to be chosen as one of the first Whizz-Kidz Young Leaders. But, what is a young leader? I hear you ask. It is an award given by Whizz-Kidz to a young person who has been trained to take on responsibilities at Whizz-Kidz services, including leading ice breakers. There are three levels of leadership; bronze, silver and gold.
I decided to get involved after being nominated because my ambition for the future is to become a Primary School Teacher. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me to learn new skills in leadership and to help other people, just as Whizz-Kidz has helped me. As a Young Leader, you have the opportunity to become a Work Placement Mentor, a Wheelchair Skills Training Buddy, a First Aid Peer Mentor with the British Red Cross and more.
For the Bronze Award, we attended a training camp at Stoke Mandeville, which was very exciting! I met all of the other young leaders and made life-long friends of which I still keep in contact with. We took part in various team building activities that developed our confidence. We also learnt about the qualities that make a good leader.
After completing an amazing weekend camp, all of the young leaders had earned their Bronze Leadership Award. We could then start working towards our Silver Award individually. To complete my Silver Award I attended Ambassador Clubs, where I took an active role by leading ice breakers and encouraging everyone to join in. I also became a wheelchair skills buddy, where I helped a group of young disabled children to learn how to use their wheelchair more effectively. I attended some fundraising events which also helped to raise the profile of Whizz-Kidz. I was the first person to earn the Silver Award which was presented to me at our Whizz-Kidz Christmas party.
I think that Young Leaders are a very important part of Whizz-Kidz because who better to support young people than young people themselves! I am so glad and thankful that I was given the opportunity that opened many other doors of Whizz-Kidz to me and I can't wait to get to gold!