THE SWITCH AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME
The Switch Ambassador Programme works with secondary school students (known as switch ambassadors) who are at the highest risk of being excluded from school. We help students’ switch their behaviour, choices and attitudes towards learning by improving their self-esteem, resilience and well-being.
The programme takes place at the students’ school during the school day at pre-established times. Switch ambassadors attend weekly group workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions for 12 weeks. We produce various outcomes as a result of our programme such as better behaviour, lower exclusion rates and improved attendance.
The group workshops cover various topics like the power of choices and growth mindset vs fixed mindset. Group discussions, team activities, games, videos and written activities are facilitated during the workshops. We use different mediums to accommodate as many different learning styles as possible.
We adapt all of the sessions to suit the needs of the individual. Therefore, the 1:1 mentoring sessions consist of activities which are relevant to the students’ lives, age, experience and interests. The 1:1 mentoring sessions also always put the mentees preferences and needs at the centre of the sessions.
“ Say It With Your Chest helped me to understand how to socialise and associate with others.” – Switch Ambassador
“ Say It With Your Chest are pleasant, polite and professional. It is clear they have a passion for changing young people’s mind sets on how they perceive themselves to ensure they can thrive in being able to talk to adults and to speak out to get their voice heard in a positive way. ” – Staff member from senior leadership team at a partner school
“Say It With Your Chest’s workshops helped me to improve my behaviour. ” – Switch Ambassador
“Say It With Your Chest came to our school and they worked with several students. The majority of the students engaged well and the data backs this up. Student A in particular made significant progress and has continued on a successful path and is able to reflect on his behaviours. If we found funding we would welcome back Say It With Your Chest to work with our young people.” – Staff member from senior leadership team at a partner school
” The programme taught me that my voice matters and that I matter.” – Switch Ambassador
” I really enjoyed the fun games and talking to Say It With Your Chest, please come back again.” – Switch Ambassador