Inspiring Futures Academy

Moral

Living according to your ethics, values and beliefs.

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Purpose and Meaning

Giving meaning and purpose to your own and other’s lives.

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Health & Wellbeing

Investing time in your own and other’s health and wellbeing.

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Cognitive Intelligence

Acquiring wisdom and judgement for sound decision-making.

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Emotional & Social Competence

Understanding and managing yours and others’ emotions.

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Resilience

An ability to sustain performance, learn and bounce back from adversity and thrive.

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Brand

Presenting an authentic and influential image of your own personal brand and reputation.

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Legacy

Decisions you make today that create a sustainable and positive impact.

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    The Inspiring Futures Academy is aimed at our amazing girls and young women, who have oodles of potential but may have had a tough start or experiences in life. Our aim is to provide you with a combination of masterclasses and work experiences that will help you develop important skills. We really recommend you take the opportunity to make the most of this unique programme as it will undoubtedly enhance your opportunities with future employers. Here you will find:
    • Your Timetable for the year showing all Masterclasses and Events available to you
    • A variety of tools and great techniques that will help you in career and life
    • Inspirational videos
    • Vlogs by successful female role models from a wide array of businesses and roles
    • Mandatory training to help you stay safe
    Why the name 'Starfish'?

    Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

    Off in the distance, the old man noticed a young girl approaching.  As the girl walked, she paused every so often. As she grew closer, the man could see that she was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The girl came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

    The young girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

    The girl bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she turned, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!”

    We all have the opportunity to make positive change in the world. Welcome to YOUR Starfish Programme. Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eisley

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    Our Vision

    “—To mobilise influential and inspiring leaders for the positive empowerment of vulnerable women and young people in the most deprived areas of the world, for the advancement of all.”
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