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CBA students mentor primary school pupils

More than 150 primary school children attended Corby Business Academy as part of a mentoring empowerment programme.

Year 5 students from schools within the Corby took part in the Heroes Journey programme on Thursday, November 19.

The workshop was the second part of a programme which began at the Academy last week and looked at the aspiration and the issues that affect teenagers such as image and confidence.

CBA students from Years 8 and 9, (who took part in the earlier sessions) became mentors for the younger Primary School students and helped co-deliver the second part of the workshop.

The event also linked in with Global Entrepreneur Week during which the Academy's lessons took on a focus of looking at enterprise skills.

Heroes Journey is a programme created by the personal development company Human Utopia.

It tackles the issue of how poor communication can have a negative impact on relationships and aims to empower young person to become enterprising by developing personal, social and commercial life skills which enhance their life chances.

Co-founder of Human Utopia Carlo Missivian, who led the session, said: "This was a great experience for the young heroes to develop and take on a role of responsibility.

"It was also a unique setting for the Year 5 students as many will not have been in a secondary school environment before and so will find it an educational experience."

Year 9 Samia Aktar, who volunteered to become one of the mentors said: "I really enjoyed taking on the role of responsibility and talking to the Year 5 students about how to be confident and take a positive attitude."

The aim is for there to be a lasting link between the CBA mentors and the younger students.