11 June 2013

A few weeks ago we held our first Girls Club graduation ceremony. Each girl was presented with a certificate detailing their personal achievements and a sash (because the girls wanted something to throw in the air!).

The girls had a graduation ceremony but they aren’t leaving Urban Hope.Far from it in fact, we’re planning to keep seeing these girls a few times a week for at least the next 3 years.

So why a graduation?

Because over the last 2 years this group of girls have done some amazing things together, and even though we’ve decided that a Friday evening girls club isn’t the best way to support them anymore, we wanted to mark this chapter of their time at Urban Hope.

Adolescence is a series of transitions. A time of perpetual moving on and so much change occurs in every area of a person’s life, in a relatively short space of time, even the most well resourced young people can feel unsettled, isolated and confused.

Helping young people practice transitions is an important part of the work we do at Urban Hope, because the ability to end things well, and to feel confident about the next stage is one that will benefit young people throughout not only their adolescence but their whole lives.

Which is why we create rites of passage, like graduations and residential trips, record and celebrate achievement and show young people the distance they’ve travelled.

We want them to know that they are changing, that they can achieve and that endings are very rarely the end.

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