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Network Category: Young Professionals Networks
Charly and Becca were secondary school teachers in North West London when they witnessed the multiple barriers facing girls in their classrooms:
- The pressure to conform to ideals
- A lack of confidence or self-belief
- A lack of professional female role models in their networks
They established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.
They believed that the girls needed a greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.
The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across London and the South Coast, working with more than 1,000 girls each year.
100% of girls on the programme last year reported feeling more confident in themselves and in how to get to where they want to go.
Teachers saw 89% of girls demonstrate more resilience and self-motivation at the end of the year.