Young People's Area


"I'm Walking A Life"

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"Whitney Spoken Word"

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"Young People Performing A Song"

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"Be good to be close to family and those supporting you"

"Intelligence is more than School smart"

"Young people aren't out of reach. Services are out of reach"

"I just tried to stay out of trouble, connect with family and friends and get early release"

"The word education isn't a great word"

"Young people need a second chance"

"If someone's got something to lose they will fight to keep it"

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

"Knowing your rights and entitlements means you feel more empowered"

"If I complain, I don't think anything will happen"

"The long term affect is massive, but the decision is based on the judges mood"

"Young people should be involved from the beginning"

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Elena Laguna

Elena is a volunteering and learning specialist and she believes in social action as a powerful tool for civic engagement within society. She is passionate about her work and it is tremendously rewarding for her to be able to motivate a volunteer workforce to perform in line with the vision, mission and values of an organisation.

Elena has performed roles as a People and Learning Manager, Project Manager and Team Leader in an international context. These roles have spanned countries including France and Nicaragua as well as the UK, allowing her to work with global organisations and form partnerships across borders, languages and cultures.

She is highly passionate about working with young people to empower them and enhance their skills and knowledge. Her experience in the voluntary sector has changed the way she sees her relationship with the world around her. It has helped her to build up a strategic approach to her work, particularly in matters relating to the development and resilience of people in an engaging environment.

She is a volunteer manager, a mentor and a trainer for the British Red Cross and is committed to make a real difference on young people’s lives through empathy and understanding.

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