Skillz Students and families inspired by Paralympic champion and Secret Millionaire Added on Friday 18 July (at 16:01PM)
An alternative education centre working to improve the lives of young people in Leeds has celebrated its fifth birthday by welcoming a gold medal-winning Yorkshire Paralympian and a leading Yorkshire entrepreneur to a special celebration.
Skillz Education, based in Wortley, works with youngsters who are unable to achieve their full potential in mainstream education for a variety of reasons. 241 boys and girls have been supported by the centre since it was set up in 2009.
Parents and carers of students, plus representatives from schools and organisations across Leeds, were invited to the event on Friday 27 June which saw Skillz students showcasing their work. This included a silent auction for bird boxes which had been built in joinery sessions and music provided by those who had taken part in DJ sessions.
Paralympic archery champion Danielle Brown and leading entrepreneur and one time Secret Millionaire Carl Hopkins joined the birthday event to inspire the young people to achieve their goals by talking about the challenges they had overcome during their lives.
Gemma Stow, Founder and Director of Skillz Education, said it was great opportunity to be able to showcase the achievements made by the young people:
“Although the students who come to Skillz have particular challenges to overcome, we are committed to working as hard as we can to ensure they receive the best possible education and fully achieve their potential.
“Welcoming two inspirational figures to our fifth birthday celebration was an indication of our commitment to showing the young people that there is nothing they can’t do if they work hard and receive support.
“Danielle is a true champion, achieving a first class law degree while competing at a world class level. The young people revelled in not only hearing from her but getting up close and personal with her gold medals from the Beijing and London Paralympics.
“Carl’s story, coming from a council estate in Leeds to being one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, is also inspirational and shows our students that they can achieve their dreams.”
Guests at the celebration were also given the opportunity to have a tour of the Skillz facility and certificates were presented to students past and present for taking part in their courses.
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