14 June 2021

70% of former students say they did not have access to relatable role models

With so much focus on ‘catch-up’ education for children following an unprecedented year of disruption due to the pandemic, it’s important to remember the contribution role models can play in boosting a young person’s life chances.

Future First is focused on providing every young person with access to relatable role models so their future is not limited by their start in life. 

A recent survey of our alumni volunteers found that beyond school staff, 70% did not encounter an inspirational role model when they were at school or college. That’s a statistic Future First want to change. 

By connecting current students with former students who have sat in the same classrooms as them, we provide young people with the belief, confidence and inspiration to thrive in the future. 

The schools we work with tell us that as well as acting as relatable role models, offering motivation to pupils and providing mentoring support, alumni also play a valuable contribution in terms of careers advice for students.

For those young people now preparing to leave school or college for further education, university or work the prospect of the future is likely to be daunting enough without the turmoil that has taken place in the past year. While a focus on educational recovery is vital, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the other things that can help young people along the route to success. 

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