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Young Ambassadors

We have a team of Young Ambassadors who work with London Fostering Achievement to shape our programme, host and speak at events, develop positive messages and represent the voice of young people with care experience. 

Zoe

Zoe

Why are you involved in London Fostering Achievement?

I was very fortunate during my experience of foster care but recognise that unfortunately not everyone is.

I hope to do all that I can to make a difference to foster care. This opportunity to be a part of this programme is amazing, and will ensure a lasting change for children and young people in foster care.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved Art.  It’s always been a passion of mine, there’s something about the freedom that creativity brings. Furthering my understanding and technical ability at school has made me continue my passion for art further.

Who was your favourite teacher?

My favourite teacher was my form tutor and my art teacher, through school and sixth-form (and even now a little!).

He was loud, excited, a little bit crazy to say the least yet he had such a love and passion for his subject, and his students, that he’s inspired me to pursue both fine art and teaching.

What impact did your foster carers have on your education?

My foster carers had a massive impact on my education. When I first moved in with them I was attending a very disruptive school in special measures and looking at U’s for my GCSE’s.

They moved house for me to go to a better school and supported and believed in me when nobody else did. They encouraged me to believe in myself and through their help and my determination I left school with 14 A*-C Grades.

What’s your top tip for young people in education?

It doesn’t matter where you’re at, or what people say you will achieve, if you believe in yourself then anything is possible.

If you dream big you have a chance of reaching it, but if you don’t dream at all then how can you expect anything good to come your way?

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Ahmed

Why are you involved in London Fostering Achievement?

I am involved in this project to help contribute to educational development of young people in care, for their dreams to become reality.

Education is the key to success, and  I believe every child is born for a reason, this is why I involved myself in this project to encourage children in care to focus more in their studies, so they can learn and gain experiences in which will help them progress in life.

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subject at school was Biology, because I enjoy science and am very curious to learn something that has to do with life. 

Who was your favourite teacher?

My favourite teacher was my PE teacher, he always encouraged and pushed me to work very hard so I can achieve the best I could. I enjoy being active and my dream is to be a professional football player. He motivated and supported me with my football career as he realised the potential in me.

What impact did foster carers have on your education?

I always wish every child in care could have the same foster carers as me, because they are very good at what they do. I started secondary school in year 10 and passed 10 GCSE including Maths and English. It wasn’t just because I was focused but because my foster carers pushed me very hard when it came to education because they want me to do very well. They supported me just like every parent would support their child, they always made me revise and do all my homework.

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Zion

Zion

Why are you involved in London Fostering Achievement?

I want to contribute to the educational development of young people and help them to reach their full potential.

I believe their education is key to their development and since this project focuses on enhancing educational provisions for young people in care, I am glad to be a part of it.

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subject in school was physical education, because I loved being active and was always aspiring to become a professional footballer and sport was always my passion.

Who was your favourite teacher?

My favourite teacher was my business studies teacher because he always encouraged me to do the best I could, and he motivated me to work hard and achieve my full potential.

What impact did your foster carers have on your education?

My foster carers were very good in this area because they were very strict during the periods of my exams, and they ensured that I wasn’t wasting time on other things when I could be studying.

What’s your top tip for young people in education?

Sometimes while you are in school, you may not like certain subjects, but work hard in all of them (even the ones you don’t like) as you may find out that you really like them when you become good at those subjects.

Let’s face it, seldom do we work hard at things that we aren’t good at or don’t like, but sometimes we have to push through the struggle and work hard even when we may not initially enjoy it.

Always work hard. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Noelle

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I used to think that to attain a given position or rank in this life, I had to be from a lineage of great achievers and that if this was not the case, life was just going to be as the one I am used to i.e. my surroundings, my environment, my society, my family had an impact on the way I viewed life as a whole. Everything I saw around me did not give me the opportunity to dream, until I decided to educate myself. What seemed a challenge yesterday now is the reason for my freedom.  The above summarises the reason why I figured getting involved with this organisation will help me empower other young people in care who feel the same way I felt.

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subject was Maths, because it is very challenging and always seemed impossible to understand at first. I enjoy challenges simply because of the satisfaction it brings after you have overcome it.

Who was your favourite teacher?

My favourite teacher was my ESOL teacher “Annalise”. English is not my native language and it was the barrier which stopped me from moving forward, be it from progressing with my studies or work, but this woman always saw the potential in me. I don’t think she realised what she did, but I am eternally grateful for her believing in me.

What impact did your foster carers have on your education?

It has been a very long time since I left care. But, one of things I vividly remember is that my carer’s house had pictures of all her children’s graduation photos on the wall, including herself… So, this made me think and in a way inspired me to one day have that cool picture on my wall too.

What’s your top tip for young people in education?

Impossible is nothing i.e. Create History for yourself! Where your family, friends or your community stopped, go beyond and make a statement… This in turn, will influence the generation after you and people will remember you for that!

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Victor is currently a project manager at Thames Water; prior to this he studied a BA in business and an MSc in Business Project Management. Victor has over 7 years care experience and actively supports the continual development of the care systems through various means. He also plans on being a foster carer at a later stage in life.

Victor’s drive for change derived from a personal experience in care that highlighted the need for an improvement in the service offered and available to the children in care.

Why are you involved in London Fostering Achievement?

The reason for joining the LFA is to further represent the needs and best interest of young people in the care system. As there is no better place than to start with a team formed of equally like-minded and passionate individuals.

LFA who among other organisations have created a platform to not only generate an awareness in and around the educational issues, but has also created a strong voice actively driving change and development for fostered children in London.

Who was your favourite teacher and why?

My Business teacher in secondary school has to be my all-time favourite; I truly admired her work ethic, passion, commitment and fulfilment in seeing her students perform to the best of their ability and more.

As a result of attending her classes I adopted her work ethic, discipline and commitment to other areas of my life especially my education.

What impact did your foster carers have on your education?

 My foster parents identified my love for business and acknowledged my ability to be very entrepreneurial. They have been very supportive (up on till this very moment!!) and did not only play the role of a parent but also as a mentor in life and career choices. 

They both provided the necessary guidance and bestowed key values such as commitment, patience and discipline.

What’s your top tip for young people in education?

 “5 separate fingers are a representation of 5 independent units; close them and the fist multiplies strength. This is called organization and education is one of theses units” so stay positive and overcome every challenge.

Why is education important?

Education is an area in which young people in care require support, this reflects on the statistics of today showing the number of children in care progressing on higher education.

I have always believed and understood the importance of education, thanks to the support in which I received from my foster parents this has played a great role in getting me to where I am today. Education and continual learning is important in all aspect of life, as the economy standards and entry barrier are constantly on the rise, these standards can only be met through education.

Most importantly I believe education plays a key role in not only exposing a young person, but alongside providing a solid foundation for any individual to achieve their dreams and goals. Lastly it also holds the capability of birthing a new perspective to life.