The morning began with classes and independent study, providing students with the perfect opportunity to catch up on any homework that they still had to finish.
After lunch it was time for everyone to meet for the social impact conference, an exciting opportunity for our students to learn more about how they can impact the world in positive ways and really make a difference.
Our first talk was held by two individuals who through their own actions and enterprise have set up different start ups that have a profound impact on their community. One helps run an inclusive creative space that supports homeless people.
The second is program director of FarmAbility, an outdoor farm based program which believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve meaningful activities that improve their well-being and increase their independence, enabling them to participate and contribute further to their communities.
After a short break we had a second wave of speakers. Our first speaker is head of people at School Space, which aims to tackle the funding gap in UK schools by connecting schools with community groups, helping them generate income through renting their spaces and focusing on delivering the best education possible.
The second talk went into more detail on ways that our students can organize themselves to challenge political injustice and issues they were passionate about. Our talk was given by a young activist who had been part of different pressure groups which have successfully seen issues tackled on an international level. Our students found this particularly interesting as they discussed different issues they were passionate about and any previous experience they had on making a change even on a small scale.
Once we had all eaten dinner our students got the chance to choose an activity to take part in for free time with yoga, choir and salsa all available activities! Eliza’s salsa dancing was a particular favourite with many students trying it for the first time!