#iwill, a habit for life.

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Blog from Sarah Shaikh, #iwill ambassador Since becoming an #iwill Ambassador I have had so many amazing experiences and opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have got any other way and they have lead me on a new path in my life making me so much more confident and happy. In March I was honoured to be invited to speak at a ‘Teen Empowerment Conference’ for Rocking Ur Teens along with a couple of other ambassadors. The event was simply amazing; I met so many inspiring women including Remel London, who is now my role model! After hearing from many other inspirational women I had to give my speech, I was terrified! Before this I could never imagine ever getting on a stage and actually giving a speech but I managed to do it and I’m so glad I did, it’s probably the thing I’m most proud of doing. As a result of my mentoring and the things I’ve done as an ambassador, my form tutor was kind enough to nominate me for a Jack Petchey award in my school and amazingly I won! Achieving the award was a great boost for my motivation and a great way to show other students that anyone can take part in social action and make a difference. I am still part of a wonderful mentoring team in my school and we are planning a new mentoring scheme for our school next year. We are also lucky enough to drop in to year 7 registration every few weeks to teach them about school life, how to cope, and to make them feel even more comfortable in their first year of high school. As well as this a group of friends in my year at school and I are setting up an LGBT+ Society in our school. We are so close to having it up and running and we couldn’t be more excited about it! A lot of us know how confusing sexual orientation and gender identity can get so I’m just extremely happy that we can do something to make it easier for young people to feel comfortable with who they are and to educate more students about the LGBT+ community and what it really stands for. If I hadn’t become an #iwill ambassador and taken up those opportunities offered to me I doubt I would have the confidence or motivation that I have now and I look forward to finding even more incredible opportunities to help people around me, to learn from new experiences, and especially to get even more young people involved in social action so they can see the benefits too! -Sarah Shaikh

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