Sholing students leading the conversation on supporting young people to develop their emotional intelligence
Three Southampton school students inspired a conference in London this week as they passionately shared a presentation about their big idea for the planet.
The Oasis Academy Sholing students were invited to speak at the Aspire Bold Leadership conference taking place in Regents University in London, sharing their talk entitled “Developing the emotional intelligence of the youth of today.”
The students, known collectively as Team GROWTH, joined the conference to hear empowering and motivational speeches from a number of speakers from across industry and around the world, including business entrepreneurs and CEOs.
The Team closed the conference with their presentation, which they delivered with a confidence and maturity well beyond their years, showcasing some of their initiatives such as running workshops to support the mental health of young people. The presentation was met with a standing ovation and invitations to deliver their presentation globally.
Throughout the day the audience had been encouraged to share words to describe the speakers, and Team GROWTH were described as amazing, impressive, superheroes, cool, talented, knowledgeable, trailblazers, trend setters, pioneers, and advised: “Don’t let anyone dim your sparkle!”
The students were invited to the conference after reaching the final of Solution for the Planet’s Big Ideas competition. The competition connects students with businesses local to them to start conversations around a sustainable future whilst educating a diverse young audience about the many opportunities within the STEM sector.
Dr Saunders, teacher at Oasis Academy Sholing, commented afterwards saying:
“Watching these three young ladies present was an honour, and they have come so far from their initial idea, to reaching the final at the Big Ideas competition to seeing them present at the Aspire Conference today.”
“It only reinforced that if you have a passion for something, anything is possible and Team GROWTH have proven this time and again.”