It was great to meet the 7 young people from St Thomas of Aquins and James Gillespie High School who are taking part in this year’s Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award.
The Mark Scott Foundation and the Outward Bound Trust work in partnership to enable young people aged 17-18 to participate in the Award.
The students undertake a 5 day residential course, participate in weekly team meetings and have to develop and deliver a 3 day project to benefit the local community.
The students have been working with local community projects and had chosen to give a concert at the St Joseph’s Care Home in Tollcross. Two of their class mates volunteer at the care home so there was already an established link. They persuaded classmates from both of their schools to put on a concert for the residents and clearly enjoyed the experience.
The Mark Scott Foundation was established following the unprovoked sectarian murder of Mark Scott in 1995 and young people undertaking the course are drawn from different socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
The Outward Bound Trust aims to support young people develop the skills and attributes that employers look for to give them a better chance of gaining work when they leave school. They are also keen to develop an interest in volunteering.
If you know someone who is in 5th year at school and might be interested they can find out more about the award here.