14 students have commenced Citizens:mk’s first ever community leadership training course for school sixth formers, funded by MK Community Foundation.
Nine students from The Radcliffe School joined five students at Stantonbury International for the first full-day of training on 11th January.
During the training day, students were taught the core concepts and tools of community organising, including: power, power analysis, self-interest, stick person, relationships and 121s, leadership and broad-based organisation, and the cycle of research, action and evaluation.
Students heard from two witnesses, Linda McComie and Hala Alify from Trubys Garden Tea Room, both members of Citizens:mk’s Leadership Group.
In post event evaluation discussion, participants gave the training day a score of 8/10.
In individual feedback questionnaires, students showed the following increase in confidence before/after the training day:
240% increase (from average 3.2 to 7.7 out of 10) for ‘I am aware of the tools needed for building relational power’
173% increase (from average 4.2 to 7.3 out of 10) for ‘I am confident in my community leadership’
171% increase (from average 4.9 to 8.3 out of 10) for ‘I am motivated to make positive change in my community’.
One student wrote: “I enjoyed the quick pace activities as it allowed us to get through multiple things and stopped us from getting distracted or bored. I learnt about how much I actually have an opinion on how to improve my community.”
Another student wrote: “I really enjoyed discussing issues in detail with people from a different but similar school.”
Another student wrote: “I liked learning about the process needed to make a change, finding out the things I’m passionate to change, and meeting new people who can help me do it.”
Nearly every student wrote about how they had enjoyed meeting and working with students from another school.
The students will meet weekly until the end of Spring Term to develop and deliver social action campaigns in their local community.
“It was a real privilege to observe the students from both schools having the courage to work together so openly and develop skills in 1:1 communication, identifying relational power, power analysis and leadership,” said Sarah Chapman, Assistant head of Sixth Form at The Radcliffe School. ” A great opportunity for our students – I’m very excited to see what they achieve in their projects.”