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A scheme to help teens aim higher.

Shaneil hodges was just 14 when she heard a talk that would transform her life.a team from the RECLAIM Project came to her school and spoke about how kids like her could have a voice.

RECLAIM is an award-winning free social action and youth leadership programme with a focus on working class young people. Shaneil joined 30 students who were chosen for the LEAD Pioneer Programme - an intensive leadership development programme for young teens.

Shaneil, who is now 16 and attends Whalley Range school in Manchester, explained: "iwas doing okay at school but realisedi needed more and to be shown my potential. Joining RECLAIM has made me feel challenged in all the right ways.

"They make us realise we are worth more.

They want to build strong, confident young people. i have really learnt to communicate properly and give the besti can offer."

RECLAIM has provided leadership and critical thinking training to 1,700 teens.

Katie Cosgrave, alumni LEAD with RECLAIM said: "a postcode should not dictate your future.

"We expect these kids to go on and become future leaders, whether that is an MP, or CEO, or community leader."

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Feb 14, 2019
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