A packed event at the Vestry Hall on 21st January celebrated the achievement of Burngreave young people in a media project organised by the University of Sheffield, Burngreave Study Support Consortium and Burngreave New Deal.
Over 150 parents, young people and residents turned up to see photos and videos produced by the young people and see participants awarded with a certificate from the University of Sheffield, and an ASDAN (Awards Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) certificate.
The Vestry Hall Media Project involved 20 teenagers producing posters and a DVD with images that they felt significant to them from the area. Pictures included the Burngreave surgery, recreation areas and a digger working on a new development in the area. In addition to developing teambuilding and analytical skills, the project aimed to inspire interest in Further and Higher Education opportunities.
Iyah, who is 14 and took part in the Media Project, said:
“I really enjoyed thinking about my local area and the things that motivate me. When I grow up I would like to be a fashion designer or a nursery nurse and the project has made me more interested in going to university to help me do these jobs.”
Emily Haimeed, 14, said:
“I loved the food and enjoyed getting a CD of the photos that we did. I have realised that I do want to go to university when I am older and get a degree in Law.”
Yehya Mohammed, said:
“I really enjoyed it, especially getting my ASDAN certificate. I am going to work harder at school to get the results I need to go into further education.”
Naseem Audhali said:
“My parents were so proud of me and have high hopes for me. I enjoyed doing the media work and learned lots of new skills.”
Julie Askew, Outreach Manager at the University of Sheffield, said:
“We are delighted the University could support this fantastic local project. The Study Support groups have nurtured the skills and attitudes needed to help the children achieve academically. Aspirations have been lifted and they are beginning to make informed decisions about their future.”
Ronnie Lewin, New Deal Chair, who spoke at the event, said:
“The Media Project aimed to inspire young people by giving them a feeling of ownership over their work. The impact of study support and these projects is reflected in the improvement of GCSE grades and it is clear from their enthusiasm at the celebration event that these young people have been inspired by the work they’ve produced and the process it took to get the finished product.”
Last year, students attending the study support project gained around two GCSEs more than predicted.