Friday 7th of October saw the culmination of the East Thames Presentation Skills Training Scheme 2016, an 8-week community project between Star Community Academy, East Thames Housing Association and HSBC. This was led by Star Community Academy in conjunction with Staff members from HSBC who facilitated 6 confidence building training sessions for young people from East London.
Each of the young people attended a Bi-Weekly workshop run designed and run by Star and facilitated by HSBC Staff. Over the course of 8 weeks the learners worked towards developing the communication and confidence skills required to present to 4 Senior Staff Members from HSBC in a finale at the top of HSBC Global Head Quarters Building in, Canary Wharf.
The all-day event was enriched by the emotional awareness and resilience training skills of Tony Griffin and Ciara Quinn from the SOAR foundation in Ireland, who flew in from Dublin especially to help the young people prepare for their final presentations.
Tony and Ciara led a pre-presentation workshop on building self-awareness, emotional resilience and self-expression. After a morning of final preparation with the team from SOAR, the young people each presented on an item of significant meaning to them to the panel of four Senior Staff members from around HSBC.
The day finished with a certificate ceremony for the learners to celebrate the completion of the programme.
The STAR Community Academy has committed to continue its work with HSBC and East Thames in 2017 by running this programme again for a new cohort from East London.