Academy students take to the air to discuss how a teenage charity has helped turned their lives around

Academy students take to the air to discuss how a teenage charity has helped turned their lives around

Academy students; David Metcalfe, Joshua Jacques and Jason Bashforth all represented Droylsden Academy on Tuesday 20th November 2012 at the new home of the BBC at Media City in Salford Quays.

The three students from the current cohort of Teens and Toddlers took part in a live radio broadcast on the ‘Becky Want’ show which aired between 9:00am and 12:00pm on the day.

Joshua whom through the charity underwent a 18-week placement at a local primary school spent one day a week working with pupils, helping them with classwork, reading and play. Joshua explained how the experience has forced him to grow up fast – and he is now determined to become a PE teacher.

Teens and Toddlers is a charity founded in 2001 to address the social exclusion of young people, inspiring them to achieve the skills, qualifications and self belief they need to succeed in education, work and life.

Michelle Farrell, North West Manager for Teens and Toddlers said, “The young people behaved brilliantly and represented the Academy in a great manner.” Ms Farrell later treated the students to lunch as they had impressed her so much.

Joshua has also spoken to the MEN newspaper about the how the charity has helped him turn his life around; Droylsden schoolboy turns teacher to learn a life-changing lesson. The radio interview from the 'Becky Want' show can be listened to for a limited period of time through the BBC’s on demand service - BBC iPlayer

Further information can be found about the work carried out by the Teens and Toddlers charity on their website,  www.teensandtoddlers.org

Students live in the studio on the 'Becky Want' show, BBC Radio Manchester

 

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