“Aspire To More” is a creative project delivered by Inspired Youth in partnership with The Speak Up Service -York’s  Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service which is part of City Of York Council .

Working in close partnership with “Show Me That I Matter” (SMTIM)  York’s Children in Care Council, we will embark on a journey to meet care leavers that have gone on in their lives to become a success. By discovering what challenges these role models faced and how they overcame them, young people can both learn and share key messages with the wider community. The aim of the project will be to raise the groups aspirations, and by utilising the learning and insight they gain from speaking to successful care leavers they will be equipped to create a positive campaign that will raise aspirations and open minds to the possibilities of promising and inspiring futures.

The engaging journey will lead to the creation of a powerful poster series promoting ‘raising aspirations’ specifically aimed at care experienced young people. It will be an opportunity for young people to raise and discuss challenges that care experienced young people face in terms of aspirations, confidence and futures. It will be designed to inspire care experienced young people from York by presenting them with positive and inspirational role models, people who have faced similar challenges who they can learn from and be inspired by!

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosie Canning says:

    Glad to see this project taking shape. There are a huge number of care leavers that have successful lives.


  2. Sam says:

    I’m an 18 year old care leaver from York city, I study music at college and wanted to know how I can get stuck in and tell people my story aswell as producing music with people


    1. aspiretomore says:

      Hi Sam , SMTIM would love to hear from you we will get in touch


  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Sam, if you send SMTIM an email at showmethatimatter@york.gov.uk we can arrange a way for you to share your story on the blog.


  4. Sounds like a great project, looking forward to hearing more! Paul


  5. Lee Piarroux says:

    This is a great initiative, it’s so important for care experienced young people to hear from people living lives and doing great things despite having been in care themselves. I would love to do an interview, how do people apply? Kind regards Lee Piarroux


    1. aspiretomore says:

      Hi Lee, sorry for some reason i hadn’t seen this post …. if you drop me an email showmethatimatter@york.gov.uk we can communicate directly


  6. David says:

    Just checking that your organisation still exists. I am a care leaver with a story to tell about being a victim then a survivor and now a thriver.


    1. aspiretomore says:

      Hi David ; Yes it still, exists – we would be delighted to provide the platform to share your story. If you email showmethatimatter@york.gov.uk i will send you further information.


  7. LYDIA RAIN says:

    Fantastic! Without a good foundation, you can flounder into deeper troubles, and without realising what’s missing, it’s hard to tell who your friends are and what love means. No you can’t change the past, but you don’t have to, you’ve already survived it. You can change the present and the future. I didn’t grow up in care, but was neglected and abused by my parents.


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