Stephane Spiteri, City Year London
“I always thought I hated primary school. But when the ignorance of hating school died down I realised that I didn’t actually hate school – it was the way I was taught.
“This is one of the key reasons I decided to join City Year UK – to attempt to fix the problems I experienced at school. The other reason I decided to join City Year was so that I could push myself out of my comfort zone – further than I had ever gone before.
“At school I keep children engaged in lessons by helping them with their work both in a group and on a one-to-one basis. I am able to build trust and respect and support them if they are having issues at school or at home. I can also help them if they are experiencing bullying and ensure they are able to make friends.
“After school I run and support football club and homework club and hope to set up my own spoken word poetry club in the near future which will focus on boosting confidence and self-belief.
“City Year has given me the belief in my skills to adapt quickly to given situations and the confidence in myself to go forward and pursue my dreams. And just to give you an insight into how much my belief and confidence in myself has increased – during the time from primary school to City Year, my biggest dream was to set up my own business and have it run successfully so I would not be homeless.
“What kind of dream is that?
“But it’s comforting knowing that my new dream is to successfully run my own business which impacts communities in a positive way.”