Let’s hear it for the girls
We're celebrating the incredible projects that have been shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards. One of these projects is The Girls Network who are working to empower and inspire young women across the UK.
Through play, you helped fund over 1,500 educational and training projects last year alone. The Girls' Network is just one such project. Set up by former teachers, Charly and Becca, The Girls' Network aims to inspire young women from less advantaged communities by connecting them with professional female role models.
“You get to know yourself better. I know how to improve now."
The mentors become the mentees
Working closely with their mentors and peers, the girls explore career opportunities, develop skills, confidence and self-esteem. But it doesn't end there, the network also works to inspire girls to become mentors and role models for others.
“These are women who at my age maybe didn’t have the confidence to get to where they are now, but then they did achieve all these great things. I see now that I can be one of those people"
College student Lavinya, 17 from South London is just one of the girls who have benefitted from mentoring through The Girls' Network. Since teaming up with her mentor Alex, Lavinya has become more self-disciplined, confident and happy.
Alex has noticed that Lavinya is now able to self-reflect and they describe their relationship as one of equals, with both of them contributing equally and bringing different perspectives and ideas to the table. Lavinya now shares her experience with other young women who have had difficult or lonely experiences growing up in London.
So the next time you’re buying your National Lottery ticket, remember that you’re helping thousands of young people, like Lavinya improve their chances in life.