One Small Step for a Student… One Giant Leap Towards the Future!

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For many, starting university includes moving away from the family home and supporting themselves entirely. Often that means finding a job, but for some, like myself, becoming entangled in a rigid, inflexible paid job during this stressful time is not the most practical or effective plan for doing well in our degrees.

But without a paid job under our belts, how are we supposed to gain experience in the career that we wish to pursue?

Note to Self-Number 3 billion and 1:

Expect the Unexpected

Volunteering offers a route into the world of workVolunteering was an idea given to me by my mother’s friend, who had recently taken up an opportunity through DO-IT: a brilliant and ridiculously easy to use website if you are considering a volunteer role. It was an option that appealed to me for a variety of different reasons, one of which being the flexibility. With university looming, I knew that my spare time would dwindle to perhaps a few scattered hours per week; certainly not enough to satisfy an employer. Through volunteering I now am able to balance the work from the role alongside my other responsibilities, both at home and in terms of my education.

What I didn’t expect, however, was how much becoming a Lyfeproof blogger would teach me about the basic and specialised skill sets necessary for pursuing a career of your choice.

 

Note to Self-Number 3 billion and 2:

Just because you studied Creative Writing A-level doesn’t mean you are ‘a writer’

Although the government likes to believe that education prepares us for the harsher and more brutal realities of the world, the truth is it doesn’t. Here at Lyfeproof, the team are providing opportunities for young people to cross that cavernous gap from education to work.

Lyfeproof Help Bridge the Gap Between Education and EmployabilityAlthough they do not build the bridge for you, they would never leave you with only rotten rope to swing across. They allow you to stumble and make mistakes, and they provide the safety net if you fall. Volunteering at Lyfeproof allows my imagination to thrive and has helped my restless mind to hone the necessary skills that employers look for.

Volunteering isn’t all about skills to make your CV look shiny (although it does help). It’s about a sense of personal achievement, a confidence boost that we all need to take that first step into the world beyond education.

Before becoming a volunteer here, I had no means of getting my writing out there and honestly didn’t believe that I ever would be able to. I lacked the confidence in myself and I will admit that I still do to a certain extent. Despite only volunteering with Lyfeproof for a short time, they have given me the opportunity to begin building my own bridge over a crevasse I never thought I’d be able to cross. Just by writing this blog, I have an opportunity to prove to myself that I am capable, something that my creative writing A-level never could do.

 

Note to self-3 billion and 3:

Give a Little, Learn a Lot

Volunteering sets you up with the life skills that are needed to go far, the kind of skills that Lyfeproof are trying to make more accessible to young people like you and me. But you might be reading this now wondering why you’d want to volunteer for free when you can gain experience through a job that pays a wage. Understandably, it is not something that will suit everyone as many young people would rather have the money as well as the training. For me, volunteering can offer training in jobs that are perhaps a little out of reach for us young, inexperienced adults. A paid job for someone straight out of college or sixth form doesn’t often lead into a career, or help you start building for one.

If I hadn’t taken up this voluntary position, getting professional writing experience meant I would have had to travel to London for a few weeks of work experience, a journey that would have been very costly and would have only supplied a large burst of knowledge in a short space of time. This is not a learning style that suits me and it was a comfort to come into an environment with people that actually understand young people.

Lyfeproof have instead given me the opportunity to learn and retain the information. Instead of criticising mistakes and failures like school sometimes seems to do, the Lyfeproof team will nurture your skills so that they can be moulded and shaped into something small but permanent that you can carry in your pocket, sound in the knowledge that nobody will ever be able to take that away from you.

Finding Your 'Why' in Life

Note to Self 3 Billion and 4:

You haven’t finished finding your ‘why’ in life just yet…

So no, you will not be paid in cash for volunteering. Instead, you’ll be rewarded with something much more valuable.

You’ll earn the skills that will boost your CV and in the process, gain greater confidence in yourself while being exposed to a working environment that might not be so different from the one you will find yourself in for your career.

 

Written by Phoebe Kelly

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all.

Meet Top UK Artists with Arts4Lyfe

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On Sunday 30th July, Lyfeproof’s Arts4Lyfe programme is hosting a meet and greet event with three of the best UK artists, giving you the chance to ask questions, get autographs and pictures and hang with the stars.

We have invited Paigey Cakey, Relley C and Nadia Rose to come and meet fans in an intimate drop in session. The location will be confirmed soon so stay tuned for updates!

relley cRelley C is a Birmingham-born singer-songwriter. Best known as a finalist on X Factor 2016, Relley C dropped her soulful and uplifting single ‘Unruly’ earlier this summer. She will be headlining the Best of Brum stage at Simmer Down Festival 2017 on 23rd July in Handsworth.

paigey cakey

Paigey Cakey is an MC, singer and actress from Hackney, London. She has supported the likes of Lil Kim and Eve, and collaborated with Stormzy, Sneakbo, Young and more. Her tracks are filled with catchy hooks & smart bars and have attracted a lot of radio play.

nadia rose

Nadia Rose is a rapper from Croyden, London. She released her debut EP Highly Flammable in January this year, after the success of singles ‘Station’, ‘BOOM’ and ‘D.F.W.T.’ After beginning on YouTube, her witty lines and charismatic attitude brought her endless playability, and her freestyle skills have been featured on Radio 1Xtra’s Toddla T and DJ Semtex.

Both Paigey Cakey and Nadia Rose are part of an upsurge in women’s voices in a male-dominated UK HipHop and Grime scene, but hold their own against the boys regardless of gender.

Tickets cost £20, for which you will get the chance to meet the stars face to face, chat about music, get autographs and pics for your instagram feed.

For more information contact us on arts4lyfe@LyfeProof.co.uk

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

Jobs of the Future

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Ever wondered what sort of jobs will be around in the next 5, 10, 20 years?

Here’s just some of the careers we think might be around the corner…

Future Job: Virtual Habitat Designer

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Future Job: Digital Culture Commentator

Future Job: Internet of Things Data Creative

The future is closer than we think, and it’s exciting! There are far more opportunities than you might imagine, but they aren’t in the same industries they used to be. Get out and explore!

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

Events Experience Opportunity: Volunteer at Simmer Down Festival 2017

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Lyfeproof has partnered with a local festival to bring you event management experience opportunities. Simmer Down Festival 2017 is looking for volunteers to help make sure the festival runs smoothly and everyone has a great time. The Reggae and World Music festival is free and open to all, and has a range of acts across two stages and a belly-bursting variety of food to taste. This year, Simmer Down Festival will be headlined by internationally acclaimed Jamaican Reggae artist Freddie McGregor, so is expecting a large number of people to attend.

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If you are presentable, pleasant and able to communicate well, then you are the perfect person to help make this festival a success. By spending some time supporting the festival, you can:

  • enjoy the music and food with a free food voucher
  • get proper training
  • experience the behind-the-scenes action of running a festival.

On top, volunteering with Simmer Down offers a possible chance to meet the artists backstage!

JA Digital Media - Simmer Down 2015 LR-131Duties involve:

  • Attending 1 of the 3 training sessions prior to the event (details below)
  • Supervising entrances and exits
  • Providing wristbands to parents
  • Providing assistance to festival goers (directions, helping parents with children, etc.)
  • Moving and loading equipment
  • Supporting events team with various tasks.

If you will be over the age of 18 by Sunday 23rd July and want to support this event to be the best ever, sign up now!

Email: jen@lyfeproof.co.uk for an application pack

Training sessions will take place  at 11am on Monday 10th July and at 2pm and 6pm on Monday 17th July, at Handsworth Leisure Centre.

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

Simmer Down Festival is Back – and this time it’s Crucial!

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SimmerDown2017-MainFlyerSimmer Down Festival is back after a year off in 2016, with new partnerships and new features. Simmer Down Festival aims to offer youth opportunities for Brimingham and West Midlands music lovers. Based in the North West Birmingham, the neighbouring regions welcome the return of the rapidly growing free reggae and world music festival, with opportunities lined up for our young people, we are looking forward to developing opportunities.

Crucial Sponsors

This year the festival is more sustainable than ever, as it has blended public and private sector partnerships to create a day of music and food experiences for the 60,000 strong multicultural community of Handsworth and North West Birmingham.  The lead sponsor of the event is Birmingham-based food manufacturing company, Crucial Sauces. The Crucial Sauce Company have pinned their name and reputation to the Midlands’ largest reggae and world music and food event, reflecting their pride in their Birmingham roots and their multicultural values.

Since 2001 the Crucial Sauce Company has been producing products that people love. Our wide range of flavours, from around the world, are used and enjoyed in and out of the home. Whether it be restaurants, take aways, cafés or mobile caterers we are the go-to crucial brand for many of the food vendors in our city.

We are delighted to be partnering with and sponsoring The 2017 Simmer Down Festival. It gives us a unique and fantastic opportunity to both support and celebrate with our local community.”

 – The Crucial Sauce Company

JA Digital Media - Simmer Down 2015 LR-131Festival Return

The absence of a free community festival for lovers of world music was intensely felt last year. Organisers temporarily parked the festival over 2016 for review and planning, following the closure of key partner and arts-based ally, The Drum Cultural Arts Centre. They have since worked hard to make sure that Simmer Down can come back better and stronger than ever.

“Simmer Down Festival 2017 is now shaped to bring communities together, as we have harnessed partnerships and collaborations with passionate local organisations that want to give Handsworth and the surrounding areas of Birmingham the multicultural experiences and enjoyment that they deserve.”

– Simmer Down Festival Board Member

The free one-day festival is happening on 23rd July, at Handsworth Park. Lyfeproof has been delivering projects in the Northwest area of Birmingham with schools that are in the region of the festival, like, Handsworth Wood Girls, Hamstead Hall, Hollyhead, Aston Manor,  and Holte – all secondary academies. The festival is expected to draw 20,000 people and will be headlined by reggae legend Freddie McGregor. Other performers include Macka B, The Big Ship Band and many more local musicians and performing artists from a range of world music genres showcasing across two stages. We have over 40 roles available for young people to take part in. Some specialised roles are paid opportunities.

For further information, please contact LyfeProof:

hello@lyfeproof.co.uk | 0121 622 3603 | @lyfeproof

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

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Youth and Employablity – The Lyfeproof Approach

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In our next blog, Ashlee E L Roberts discusses employability, education and how Lyfeproof helps young people fuse the two concepts together

 

Employment can be daunting for young people.

 

 

Whilst education makes students cultured; its teachings rarely hum the tune of employability. Schools often blur the lines between the two, but here at Lyfeproof, we encourage young people to recognise their differences and nurture them both equally in weight.

 

So, let’s break down the concepts, and find out why they are so fundamentally different:

 

Education

Most of us have access to a good, well-rounded education. This gives us the basic grounding to our surroundings.

Schools enable young people to see society through humanistic, artistic and scientific eyes. Even the laborious lessons on Henry VIII gives students a good grasp on hierarchies and politics – even if they’re not aware of it at the time.

At the end of our educational journeys, we are awarded certificates and merits of achievement – this is our passport into the world of employment

 

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Are schools helping students to become employable?

 

Employability

Assertive?

Dedicated?

Do you work well in a team?

This is a small example of CV buzz-words that make job applicants appealing.

Employers want candidates who can show initiative and engage in interpersonal relationships. Everything is magnified in the workplace – poor punctuality in school or skipping sessions can translate horrendously to employers. Nobody wants to hire someone who is unreliable and lacks integrity. They want a personified version of their business.

In short: If your qualities doesn’t match; it makes you unemployable.

 

employablity

Here at Lyfeproof, we help unlock employability skills in young people via fun, creative ways

 

The Difference

There is a big problem when education is mistaken for employability.

Of course, having qualifications gives you a huge advantage in the job world, but it’s almost become a standard expectation for millennials to have a degree or an equivalent.

Having knowledge does not automatically make you employable. Graduates must learn how to use it to the benefit of their employers or their own entrepreneurial ambitions.

This contributes to why a third of graduates now work in non-professional roles and why a further seven percent of graduates end up unemployed after leaving university.

Schools rarely teach students how to integrate into the workplace. Without employability skills acquired through work experience or training programmes, applicants have only their qualifications to rely on. Sadly, this is not enough to become employable.

 

So, in a world of clones, how can candidates stand out?

 

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Our fun training sessions will unleash your employable qualities

 

Lyfeproof and Youth Employability

Here at Lyfeproof, we teach young people how to fuse their education with attractive qualities employers’ desire.

Through fun, creative activities and training, young people will develop a range of skills to help sell themselves effectively and grow in confidence.

We want to help portray the best version of you

Education is the passport.

Employability is the luggage.

Through Lyfeproof, we will help you arrive as a full package, ready and equipped for the world of employment.

 

“It was clear straight away that this placement would be perfect to teach me all the admin and behind the scenes paper work that goes into making an event successful. I know other companies that do one or two aspects Aspire4U offered me but I am certain I would not get nearly as much out of them as I did here” – Tembi Xena

 

 

 

Written by Ashlee E L Roberts

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

 

 

General Election Confusion?: Our Cheeky Guide Will Help!

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There could be a number of reasons why someone may choose not to vote in a General Election. What Lyfeproof’s Blogger Joelle Brown would like to do is ensure that confusion is not one of them. Even if you do wish to vote and genuinely believe that every vote matters, the barrage of information thrown about in the campaigning season can be overwhelming.

If you don't vote you can't complain about the situation.

If you don’t vote you can’t change or complain about the situation.

 

Do not be intimidated!

The question is: How do I make sense of it all? Simple politics have some tips on how to ‘cut through the nonsense’; their three key tips are:

  1. Look for sources
  2. Look for facts
  3. Read between the lines

I have a few of my own….

Google Is Your Friend

First off you will need to sift through the political jargon – terms, systems and processes. If you don’t understand something don’t skip over it, the meaning could be important and even crucial to the policy. Running up to an election is when politicians act more like salesmen, they may say fancy things that sound good, but what does it really mean? Google define.

Best friends - 'politics UK' returns over 200 million results on Google

Best friends – ‘politics UK’ returns over 200 million results on Google.

Although it is important to check your sources, you can utilise platforms such as social media, organisations like Simple Politics may summarise policies; they’ll decode it so you won’t have to! But as a general rule before you click share please do verify the validity, fake news and ‘click-bait’ is all the rage these days. The key is a little bit of research and self-education, you’ll feel a lot more confident if you do.

Suss out your sources as if you were Louis Theroux ..

Suss out your sources as if you were Louis Theroux …

The heart of the matter

Assumptions aside it is almost impossible to accurately see someone’s agenda, nevertheless, try and feel out whether their ‘manifesto’ is genuine (I Google defined that word). Does it align with your values? Is it in keeping with their past actions? Try to imagine the impact if your chosen party were to win. What could your community benefit from and what are the changes you would like to see? Is it actually feasible? Be okay with compromise, .

 

"no one will tick very box, so like you would in the dating world, decide what your deal-breakers are" - Sometimes you have to stop looking and settle for the best option

“no one will tick every box, so like you would in the dating world, decide what your deal-breakers are” – Sometimes you have to stop looking and settle for the best option.

That being said, there is a saying “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”. Bear in mind that anyone can pick a sample of 10 people and say 90% of people said or thought, in the same vein anything taken out of context completely changes the meaning. Look at trends and patterns and not just numbers. Try not to fall head over heels into a moral panic. What you don’t want is to be emotionally manipulated only to find out the policy was not in any way practical and they will not be delivering what they promised. Smooth talk shouldn’t comfort you, persuasive speeches shouldn’t hook you, but well thought out plans and a good track record would make any voter swoon.

The Good Fight

Try and watch a political debate or two. Why? Because the MP’s (that’s jargon for members of parliament) have a chance to question and challenge their opponents, of course, they do have an agenda but it may help to expose holes in a seemingly perfect plan. In certain program formats, ordinary members of the public from all walks of life (like you and I) have a chance to raise their concerns and ask questions. This type of environment opens up a conversation and facilitates healthy debate. It forces politicians to clarify their intentions, lay out their plans and even own up to past failings. As prepared as one may be, it’s harder to hide your flaws when you’re put on the spot, now would be an appropriate time to sing ‘Under Pressure’.

If you haven't watched a political debate before - do. They are actually quite exciting

If you haven’t watched a political debate before – do. They are actually quite exciting.

Similarly, interviews can be quite helpful as the interviewer may often play devil’s advocate to give you a balanced view, this way you’re less likely to get sucked into a pretty picture. I would, however, advise against engaging in arguments about politics with the public. Don’t be bullied into going with the perceived majority and try not to force your views on others. As much as it’s communal it’s personal.

You have all the tools to make the best decision for you and hopefully the best decision for ‘us’.

Happy voting (whoever you vote for)!

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

Austerity, Manifesto, Fiscal – What does this all mean?

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“Whilst reading my election pack I had to Google a few terms”, James, 18 – Lyfeproof Shapers / Steering Committee Group Member

“[Politicians] They talk in roundabouts half the time”, Ali, 16 – Lyfeproof Programme Participant

“Hard to understand if you’re not from a privileged background”, Chloe, 19 – Lyfeproof Programme Participant

Have you or your friends said this at some point? Just because we hear certain political buzzwords a lot, that does not mean we understand them. Let’s leave all the political parties out of this one and go back to basics – what are they even talking about ??!

 

Sometimes called 'winner takes all'. This system voting is simple however some people disagree with it saying it is not representative and it encourages tactical voting (when voters vote not for the candidate they like the most, but against the candidate they most dislike) .

Sometimes called ‘winner takes all’. This voting system is simple however some people disagree with it, saying it is not representative and it encourages tactical voting (when voters vote for the party they think will beat those they like the least, instead of for the candidate they like the most).

 

Ahh So thats where the word 'politics' comes from - political parties make policies

Ahh So that’s where the word ‘politics’ comes from – political parties make policies.

 

money money money ..

money money money…

 

Promises are made but hard to keep it seems. Example : Recently Jeremy Corbyn called out Theresa May for breaking the Tories pledge to protect school funding.

Promises are made but hard to keep it seems. They are not quite the same as policies. Example: Recently Jeremy Corbyn called out Theresa May for breaking the Tories pledge to protect school funding.

 

 

 

 

If a party doesn't have enough votes, then it needs to team up with another party to work together so that laws can be passed .. #TEAMWORK

If a party doesn’t have enough votes, then it needs to team up with another party to work together so that laws can be passed .. #TEAMWORK

 

Read what each party will do in topics that matter to you here.

Read what each party will do in topics that matter to you here.

 

A big and important word. Think cuts to NHS, schools, funding ect.

A big and important word. Think cuts to NHS, schools, funding, benefits, ect.

 

A term lasts five years unless a snap election is called (like the one June 8th).

A term lasts five years unless a snap election is called (like the one June 8th).

 

Where everything happens

Where everything happens..

 

 

At the moment Labour is the opposition with Jeremy Corbyn as leader, however that could all change on June the 8th.

At the moment Labour is the opposition with Jeremy Corbyn as leader, however, that could all change on June the 8th.

 

Now you’ve got a few key definitions down, watch this great video for to get your politics game to 110%. If you are going to watch one video about the basics of UK politics, let this be the one. UK Politics has done a brilliant job explaining our political system!

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

 

 

 

 

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Gift in a Box – Nature Gives, Practice Perfects.

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Joelle Brown, who is a talented singer, writer and artist, discusses society’s love for innate talent, but as she delves deeper into being “gifted” an important question is raised: is talent down to nature or nurture?

 

Every year, students graduate and compete for places in their desired institutions. We call the cream of the crop ‘gifted’. Education prepares us to take on the world. Through learning, we develop skills, knowledge and experience, but what about these so-called gifts?

 

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Check out other inspirational quotes on Lyfeproof

 

 

The word itself implies that they are given, many believe a deity – a divine higher being- bestows us with talents or that we inherit them by nature as opposed to nurture. I believe we have ‘gifts’ to a certain extent, natural affinities for particular things and relative ease in doing them but I don’t believe we’re born with magic powers. Talent is a learnt skill that has been practised and perfected.

 

Initially we learn by copying, watching and listening. Eyes are sharpened, fingers are twisted into shape, ears are tuned, voices are trained, and bodies are disciplined. When you assume someone was simply given his or her talent you might fail to develop yours because you are waiting to be great. Similarly don’t allow people to diminish your efforts by acting like you just fell out of bed with knowledge or improved in your sleep. Before you see results you go through trial and error. Experience takes time.

 

 

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Like Bruce Lee, Lyfeproof believes in nurturing talent to perfection

 

 

What if you don’t consider yourself to be gifted?

We often put gifts in boxes. We limit what we consider to be a valuable skill; but sometimes it is not a certificate that you need such as a degree that supposedly measures how great you are at something, but an idea, a personality and business savvy. It could be all of the above combined – there is no formula.

If I do exceptionally well on an exam is it because I am gifted? Or is it because I studied and retained the information? Am I smart or do I have a photographic memory and the ability to regurgitate information in a way that falls within the exam guidelines? We all learn differently, and express in different ways, sometimes we fail and fail again to fit into the box.

 

We are fortunate to live in a society and era where non-traditional career paths are more common. Who would have thought you could actually make a living from Youtube? According to Business Insider creators earn approximately £1,500 for every million views ($2,000).

There are endless opportunities and even where you cannot see them, you can create them – think entrepreneurship.

Branching out vs. staying in your lane doesn’t have to be contradictory.

You can always try new things and learn new skills, staying in your lane to me means remaining true to self and not competing with others for a sense of self-worth. Staying in my lane means recognizing my Uniqueness and not trying to jump into someone else’s.

 Your unique selling point, style or perspective is your brand. Whether you consider yourself to be gifted or not doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that you put the work in, remain flexible and keep at it.

 

 

Written by Joelle Brown

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyfeproof – How I found my “Why” in Life

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Imagine it:

No classrooms.

No exams.

Unlimited learning.

I’d stepped into a non-judgmental space filled with activists and creative young people from every culture, class and creed. A place where everything is up for discussion: careers, race, religion, mental health, self-confidence, relationships, and social norms – the topics never cease and unlike my school experience, there’s always a pack of biscuits and a hot cup of tea on offer.

Welcome the Santa’s grotto of alternative learning – or as we like to call it: Lyfeproof

Through the vices of arts, media and sport; Lyfeproof has enhanced my mind-set and equipped me as a young person to be “life ready”. They recognise the youth of today need inspiration and guidance but via alternative and interactive routes of education.

 

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They helped me connect to essential values and life lessons; acting as a stepping stone to my true potential in a language I understood. Lyfeproof has recognised the tremendous potential online platforms hold. Social media is not just for liking cat memes. By changing perceptions, increasing knowledge and igniting thought, Lyfeproof’s engagement didn’t just open my mind to the real world but gave me the passion and determination to actively change my society for the better.

If not social media, then why not try one of Lyfeproof’s events? Let’s debate and uplift our worlds through group discussions, artistic and sporty occasions. Physical and creative talents are often dismissed instead of being nurtured; not realising its unlimited prospects on our society and the next generation.

 

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Without environments like Lyfeproof encouraging free expression and oozing inspiration, it saved me from falling into a trap of existing rather than living; neither challenging my society, understanding the realities of the real world or ever truly discovering my impactful purpose in life

So, if you’re like me, a youth activist, or graduate desperately seeking guidance – even a life expert or company wishing to connect with young people – Lyfeproof will assist you on your journey to creating a more enlightened, wholesome world.

 

Ready? Let’s begin!  http://lyfeproof.co.uk/young-people/

 

Lyfeproof – Finding creative ways to get young people life ready. Particularly through mindset. We explain things that help you move forward in life or prevent negative outcomes. We create experiences and invite people to join. We share knowledge across sports, arts, sciences, financial literacy, employability mental health & wellbeing.

Our Vision: Imagine a world where people understand their brains enough to make better decisions, then imagine fully understanding money to never be at its mercy; now thread both with individual and collective purpose so that poverty and disadvantage can be overcome for generations to come.  

Our Mission: Lyfeproof works to help young people towards well being. We aim to do this by what you see (online experiences with us), or what you feel (our events, workshops or programmes).

Our Intuition: We believe in sharing things that are proven to work for different people. 

If you care enough to share and would like to blog for Lyfeproof, please email info@Lyfeproof.co.uk, using “I want to Blog for Lyfeproof” as the subject header. We appreciate you all