Being involved in the Our Bright Future 'Green Leaders' project has helped Farid, 18, prepare for his new chapter at University where he will study Environmental Management.
"I first heard about the Green Leaders project through the Youth Club I attend in Crumpsall Park. Angel and Imran – our Youth Workers – were looking for new recruits and I knew it was something that was right up my street.
"I’m currently studying BTEC Science Level 3 Extended Diploma at college, so I knew that the Green Leaders course would be really good for me, especially as I intend to study a similar topic at University. The project has allowed me to be creative and get involved with some interesting projects and I’ve also met some great people who have given me good advice about my future studies and career choices.
"Since joining the programme I’ve been on a few residentials and visited the Syngenta offices in Didsbury where we did a 'Dragons Den' style activity and had to pitch ideas relating to our Green Leaders programme. It was nerve-racking but really enjoyable at the same time and it was good the way we could come up with our own designs and then build them at the Eco Park in Trafford then go to Syngenta to sell them.
"I definitely feel more confident since joining the project. I’ve been able to have a work placement at Groundwork offices which helped me a lot and I realised exactly what area of Environmental Studies I want to go into.
"I've been offered a place to study Environmental Management at the University of Manchester. I guess I could say being on this programme has helped me find my path for the future as I now have the opportunity to reach my final goal. My future plans are to finish my University degree with a 1st grade and then extend my education one more year to achieve a Master’s degree in Health and Safety. The Groundwork team has been helping me reach my final goal every day, step by step since early 2015; when I first started attending the youth sessions.
"Green Leaders has also opened my eyes as to why volunteering is so important, especially in local communities. I have always been interested in helping out others because that’s how I’ve have been raised, but being on the programme showed me a different type of volunteering - that volunteering for the planet could be fun and educational at the same time.
"I’m definitely more environmentally aware since becoming a Green Leader. I’m mad on recycling in my house now. We went to see a play at the Contact Theatre called 'Climate of Change' that made me realise the little things I can do to be more environmentally aware, like turning off my plug sockets and saving energy too.
"The degree I want to do is all about the Green Leaders project so I feel like it’s been getting me ready for the future."
Click here to find out more about Groundwork's role in Our Bright Future through the Green Leaders programme.