Herts YCA Programme – the next chapter

A while ago Martin referred to starting up a community interest company as a little like jumping out of a plane and making the parachute on your way down.  Well – now we have a team of sky divers with us and, like skydiving (I can only imagine here) – it is exhilarating!

Establishing relationships

We met our YCA Lead Teachers again on May 10th at Welwyn Garden City Library.   Emma Betts, Programme Manager ROH Bridge, and our evaluator Hannah Wilcox also joined us.  It was a fruitful morning as everyone arrived excited and raring to get going.  First we explored the YCA role – the tasks that might be undertaken, the skills and qualities needed,  who we might want to recruit to the programme, and how.  Together, we asked  how the YCAs might be supported in their role, where there was space for them to lead and how they might drive the programme – both online and off, in the schools and across the wider communities.

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YCA Programme – Meeting Our Lead Teachers


YCA Programme Lead Teachers in St Alban’s Museum Garden

On Friday May 3rd Martin and I met the lead teachers with whom we will be working on the Young Cultural Ambassadors’ programme for the first time.  We aimed to excite those involved; outline aspirations for the programme; establish common ground and core values by igniting a collective conversation that, we hope, will place our teachers, their students and schools at the heart of the programme going forwards.  We will be blogging here and on the YCA digital platform during the programme and want to kick this off by reflecting on the session, sharing some questions and highlights from the resulting discussion.

The day dawned bright and clear and we greeted Karen, Jo, Michelle, Sue, Melissa, Nick and Ben with coffee and croissants in the well tended haven of the garden at St Alban’s Museum.  After the traditional introductions we got down to some exploratory work using metaphor, questions and mapping processes to provoke discussion and reveal the  qualities unique to each school.

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