Alongside the many different lessons, assemblies and prayer spaces that we deliver, CROSS are also in schools on a weekly basis, being that consistent presence and support in students’ lives. Each week we deliver a range of mentoring and clubs across the 8 schools we support and work in and these weekly activities enable us to make a positive impact in students’ lives.
We run lunch and after-school clubs in Kettlethorpe, Outwood, Castleford Academy, City Academy, Ossett, Beckets and Cathedral Academy, which involve a wide array of games and discussion about important issues to the students. Many of the young people coming to the clubs are regular attendees, sometimes for years, enabling us to build strong relationships and really input into their lives. Just recently we’ve had the privilege of helping supporting students as they chose their GCSE options, providing another safe space where they can talk through their thoughts and feelings surrounding this important choice.
We also deliver weekly one-to-one and group mentoring at City Academy, Outwood, Wrenthorpe, Cathedral Academy and Beckets. Again, it’s been a great privilege to be able to meet with students and really input into their lives. Each year we see some fantastic stories of transformation as we help young people to understand and put strategies in place to deal with a range of issues from exam stress to anger management. Though mentoring can often be a long journey with students, very often the destination is seeing young people more empowered and equipped to tackle life, which is amazing to see.
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