The City Year UK Lighthouse Team has been partnered with Stretford High School since September 2015. It is made up of 7 members – one IO, and 6 Corps Members, each of whom currently mentor up to 8 students. The Lighthouse Team help run breakfast club to improve attendance and punctuality, after school clubs to help make school an enjoyable place, and assist staff and pupils inside the classroom, delivering one-to-one and whole-class support. In addition they monitor the progress and wellbeing of their focus-list pupils on a daily basis, liaise with staff and parents, complete weekly monitoring forms for each of their focus list students, do 3 duties per day, accompany staff & students on trips, attend isolation & detention with their focus list and help out at Student Council. The team also coordinated a Christmas charity drive to help the homeless & ran a team-building trip for focus list students to Challenge 4 Change. More recently we have delivered assemblies on drugs awareness & have put a lot of effort into developing our Home Learning Club.
City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. From Monday to Thursday, City Year UK’s volunteers are in schools; they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, while developing their own skills. On Fridays they meet to share experiences and benefit from structured training, delivered by experts from across the education, business and voluntary sectors. City Year was first established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988 and operates in 27 cities across America, as well as Johannesburg in South Africa. City Year UK launched in London in 2010 and has since expanded to Birmingham and Greater Manchester. To find out more about us please visit our website – http://www.cityyear.org.uk/
Meet the Team
Mr Freeman serves as the Impact Officer for the Lighthouse Team. He graduated from the Liverpool John Moores University in 2012 with a 2:1 in Sports Development with Inclusion. Whilst completing his degree he found a passion within the inclusion element of the course which consisted of providing equal opportunities for all, in both sport and education. This led him to gain a job at a secondary school as a teaching assistant working with SEN pupils for just over three years. Mr Freeman enjoyed the challenge of enabling all young people to access the school curriculum and watching them achieve their maximum potential through hard work and support. He is delighted to have been placed in Stretford High School this year and looks forward to the challenging and rewarding year ahead.
Mr Bercik, aged 25, was born and lives in Urmston, Manchester. He studied at Keele University completing an undergraduate Degree in Criminology with Psychology; followed by a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice, in which, he hopes to have a career in, tackling the social causes of crime. Mr Bercik has always enjoyed learning, reading, playing basketball and chess.
He has taken part in various charities including ‘Heritage camps’ really loving helping the local community, as well as helping the young volunteers develop themselves. He joined ‘City Year’ because he wants to better himself whilst helping his local community and the young people within it; who are the future. Mr Bercik hopes that throughout the year he will be challenged in every way, thereby growing and developing his potential along with those around him.
‘Understanding and knowledge, tempered by humility and respect is true power.’
Mr Barber, 20, was born in Manchester. He studied Biology, Chemistry and English at sixth form. After sixth form, Mr Barber decided university wasn’t the path he wanted to follow, so took a year out to explore his other options. He found a passion for youth work and education and then applied to City Year, because he found that their focus on helping bridge the gap for students from less advantaged situations was something he resonated with. After City Year, he hopes to get into pastoral care and youth work, with a focus on the LGBT+ community.
“Let’s stop “tolerating” or “accepting” difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different and to act differently.” Kate Bornstein
Mr Pickstock, 21, was born and grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. He is now based in Manchester since moving for university in 2014.
Mr Pickstock has enjoyed education as a whole, and particularly enjoyed further education, where he got to study more of his passions and interests such as enterprise and science. He loves reading, travelling, trying new things and cats.
After hearing about City Year from a friend, he was immediately interested in a full-time volunteering position when he saw the impact that City Year makes.
He is looking forward to the challenge of being in a new environment, where he hopes to improve the lives of others and learn new skills himself. Mr Pickstock’s goal is to make a real to change to educational inequality. He is interested in pursuing a career in accountancy after finishing his year at City Year.
Miss Evans, 21, was born in London, but grew up in India and Brazil before moving back to England for Secondary School. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool.
Miss Evans joined City Year as she is thinking about going into teaching but wanted to spend some time in a school before making this decision. She also realised that full time volunteering would be very difficult to do when she got older and had more financial commitments, so City Year provided an opportunity that suited both aspects of what she wanted.
In the past she has worked with a charity which focuses on targeting educational inequality within schools and is keen to continue with this cause and likes that City Year offers the chance to focus on the development side of education, not just academic.
Miss Mehraban, 19, is originally from Shiraz, Iran. She has just completed her A-level studies in chemistry, biology and psychology. Studying these subjects encouraged her to pursue a career in pharmacy and she hopes to study at the University of Manchester.
After hearing about the aims of City Year and the service they provide for schools, she decided to dedicate her to time to City Year, with the aim of making a positive change. Miss Mehraban strongly believes in the values of City Year (some of which include service to a greater cause than yourself, excellence and empathy) and believes she will have the opportunity to reinforce these values to the next generation by working with City Year.
Miss Amjid, 18, was born and currently lives in Oldham. She has recently completed her A-Levels at Oldham Sixth Form College.
She was always interested in volunteering and has worked with several in the past. Miss Amjid joined the City Year UK programme to gain experience. She hopes to develop and grow personally through the year. She enjoys Art and volunteering.
After the City Year UK programme Miss Amjid plans on going to university and study Biomedical Science.