Secrets have always been my demise. My entire school experience was hell; I was constantly picked on because of the colour of my skin as well as other imperfections I had. The abuse….became normal to me and I kept it all to myself. I sunk into my own hole…. I was completely empty I lacked sympathy and other basic emotions and reflected the negativity that had been shown to me onto other people.
The first couple of days [on the Youth Congress residential] I just listened to what everyone else had to say…. I had convinced myself that I wasn’t going to share anything….[on] the 3rd or 4th day when a girl spoke about her experience, I realised that it's important for me to use this opportunity…[The next day] I stood up and I shared my experiences and what happened to me and immediately I felt as if a large boulder had been taken off, I felt light and confident within myself.
This programme gave me the opportunity to tell my truth which is something I was so afraid to do for so long. I am [now] able to appreciate the support system that I have been blessed with and live my best life knowing and accepting myself for who I am.
Grit proved to be a most innovative, creative and ‘outcome driven’ organisation with a sincere commitment to empowering each individual on the course.
The programme definitely changes a lot about yourself and the way you think. Before, I was always procrastinating – now I just do it. I’m now a much more positive person with a better outlook and I’m studying a lot more.
Volunteering to be a coach, I had expected to work hard and to feel a sense of satisfaction at having made a small contribution. What I hadn’t considered was that this was going to be an opportunity for my own personal transformation. I am still overwhelmed when I reflect on what I received as a volunteer. The training was stimulating and and was delivered with such authenticity and humanity. It is hard to find the words to thank everyone at Grit who made all this possible. I have gained confidence, self-awareness and understanding and feel fully alive and I feel inspired by the people I have met.
[the programme] is probably one of the best opportunities that will come your way. Life is really tough so you need all the help you can get. [the programme] tells you that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
I now want to finish my A Levels and go to uni and train to become a clinical psychologist. I also want to learn to play the piano.
I seriously cannot express how much I owe Grit.
No-one knew what to expect from the 3-day Grit training that we had been signed up to, but it was clear from the first half of Day 1, that something big was about to happen….The most challenging parts of the training was definitely on Day 2, when the trainers really dug deep into what those inner conversations were about….The outcome of the training was never going to be the same for everyone, but it was clear that it made an impact and really helped to build relationships between staff across the organisation.