The write idea

Opportunities are so important for young people today. At YouNG we are provided with many opportunities. One of the main ones is help with developing our writing skills. This week at our YouNG session (on Wednesday) we were privileged to have help from Nicky Mee (Marketing & Public Relations Officer at Rushcliffe Borough Council). First we looked at writing styles and genres. With YouNG we have the opportunity to undertake many different creative writing tasks to do e.g. in our weekly blogs.

We were then set a written opinion task: discussing the pros and cons to be a vegetarian. Despite being the same age, we all had different views and different ways of expressing our view, yet most gave an evenly balanced argument, then coming to their conclusion. We were helped along the way by our YouNG project leader, Anna Poole, and her assistant Amy Gethings. Amy enjoyed the task so much that she joined in by writing her own piece. The great thing about YouNG is that we are all different so we can communicate with all young people across Rushcliffe.

It was another great experience especially as Nicky gave us a laugh or two during the evening. As every ambassador wrote their own opinion piece be sure to check them out and let us know your thoughts on being a vegetarian via twitter or in the blogs comment. We can now pass on our new knowledge of what we should remember before, during and after writing our blogs.

On behalf of the entire group we would like to thank Nicky for coming to help us develop our writing skills.

The main things you need to consider:

* Content – what you actually saying. Is it ‘right’ and is it interesting?

* Organisation – how you lay out your writing. Is it ‘right’ and is it clear?

* Accuracy – words, spelling and grammar. Are they the ‘right’ words in the ‘right’ style?

* Effect – how you create an impact. Have you grabbed the reader?

*Style -make the style personal. Write your article in the first person (I). Also, address your audience and assume their agreement (“you know what I mean”, “I’m sure you’ll agree”).

*Language – use lots of strong adjectives and intensifiers (e.g. “incredibly tasty, absolutely scrummy etc.”)

Sentences: start with short, sharp sentences. Make them longer as you get more and more into the argument.

Connectives: use positive connectives to create a sense of momentum: “and… not only that… and then there’s… not forgetting… and what’s more… and as if you need reminding… and also… and while I’m on the subject…” etc.

Paragraphs: organise your whole piece into paragraphs to show how your argument is developing and building towards a conclusion. Think about ordering your paragraphs.

 To see the blogs, visit these links:

 Eat that meat

Delicious, Succulent Meats…but What Do Veggies Eat?

Cow or corn?

Are you a Chickpea or a Chicken Tikka

Veggie patch or Cow patch

Raptor or Triceratops?



Will you be my Valentine?

Whether you are single, in a relationship or in the “it’s complicated” stage we all need to show some one we love and appreciate them. Your mum, your dad, sister, brother, partner, husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. So I thought why not make you a list of ways you can do just that!

  1. Just ring them or text them when you know they are having a bad day or randomly
  2. Give them a hug when you see them or just to surprise them
  3. If you are home before them cook them dinner or maybe even a cup of tea or coffee
  4. Just listen to them, sit with them and talk their worries through with them
  5. Do small things for them, things you know they will appreciate
  6. If you leave the house before them leave them a little note saying that you love them
  7. Take them out, surprise them and go to a fancier place then they were expecting

8.Buy them little things, perhaps just their favourite chocolate bar to show how well you know them

  1. Show them off, call them yours, show you are proud of them
  2. Tell them they look beautiful / handsome notice a new outfit or haircut



Light Night: 6 February

Take part in a fantastic night of discovery as Nottingham comes to life this Light Night: Friday 6 February 2015 from 6pm till late! Light Night looks absolutely fab, there are tons of activities to do all over Nottingham. Including the Lace Market, the city centre and Nottingham castle.  There are lots to see and do like the big wheel in the square illuminated with lights! Cover yourself with lights as we celebrate this bright night, Here are a few idea to light up your outfit!:

  • Glow in the dark paints are great fun to paint your old clothes with , you can also buy glow in the dark nail polish to flash up those fingers.
  • The classic torch, these are great to brighten up the city but be careful to keep them pointed away from any cars, buses or people. They want the lights to dazzle them but not literally!
  • You can buy glows sticks and glow in the dark jewellery from your local supermarket, cheap but chirpy!
  • Sparklers are a great idea, but be careful and make sure you are with an adult
  • Or you can pay £2 for a badger to support light night!


Find out more about this event here:


Experience always looks good

In this blog, I am going to be writing about my brother Oli, and how experience at work has benefited him.

Oli is 21 years old and currently works for a car finance company. But it really wasn’t that easy to work his way up to where he is now.

Oli’s first job, like many teenagers, was a paper round. He used to have to wake up early in the mornings, come rain or shine, and no matter what happened, my brother always got the papers delivered on time. He then went on to do a little work at a burger van occasionally. Most Saturdays he was there, feeding the hungry Forest fans with the greasy, but fine burgers. Oli then decided to find work elsewhere, while he was still a school, so he got a job at Tenpin Bowling. You may think working at Tenpin can be an easy job-I thought so at first- until Oli told me the hours he had been working for. Sometimes he even came back home from work at 1:30am.

When my brother did work experience with school, he went to a Primary school and helped out there and actually, he enjoyed it. All the kids there loved him! Others may not enjoy work experience so much but it really is a different experience that can help you establish what you may want to do for a career in the future.

During sixth form, Oli didn’t really know what kind of career he wanted. He didn’t know whether to go to university or get an actual job. He then came to a decision. He found himself an apprenticeship at a computing company. This was a fantastic opportunity that he had found all off his own back. After passing his apprenticeship and having a further year there, Oli looked for another job. An even better job.

Oli applied for a role at a car finance company. He went through many stages for the selection process which included an assessment day. This defined whether or not you will get to the very last stage. Over 50 people applied for the role. Five people made it to the last stage. Four out of five of them hadn’t been to university and got a degree. Oli was one of them. The company decided to offer Oli the role that he, and everyone else had been fighting for.

I have never seen or met anyone that is as hard working and as dedicated as my brother. He decided what he wanted to do and he did it all off his own back. To say that he beat over 50 people in getting one single job is unbelievable. And he didn’t go to University. He didn’t get a degree. This proves that you do not necessarily need a degree to get a good job…just experience.



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Why is work experience so good?

Why is work experience so good? Well I can tell you the answer to that straight away! It opens so many doors for you and your future. Young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have done some good work experience. That’s a fact!

If you haven’t got a clue what career you want to do, work experience is a perfect way to sample all the career options out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything.

It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action. Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. It also looks good on your CV!

Ask about it in schools! Here is also a good website:





Broxtowe Youth Homelessness

On Friday the 23rd January a charity called Broxtowe Youth Homelessness came to East Leake Academy to teach the year ten year group all about the realities of being homeless. The session was amazing; it really opened up the eyes of all of the students. During the session we were taught to eliminate all stereotypes of homeless people and got a glimpse of the hardships and sufferings a homeless person experiences every day.

One of the teachers was actually homeless for a two year period of his life. It was so inspiring to hear the story of how a man battled through severe social anxiety issues, became homeless and made it through all this so that he could help the younger generation and prevent them from having the same experiences.

This session was brilliant. It opened all our eyes and showed us that there was help, we’re not alone. For more info check out their website:




Soap box: The need for speed!

A soap box car, also known as a gravity racer is a motor less vehicle that is designed to be raced downhill against a clock or another competitor. Although most are made with friends and simply to have a good time there are many races and competitions dotted all around the world. There are many ways to build your own soap box; most are made of wood or metal and have a beautiful design to finish. You can customize your soap box to look like anything!

The most famous soap box race in the world is the Red Bull Soap Box Race. The Red Bull Soap Box race has held over 40 tournaments all around the world, the first being held in Brussels in 2000. These races are televised so you can see the wacky and amazing designs that these people have created with their own bare hands. During the races we have seen a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, an enormous corn on the cob, a jail cell and the golden gate bridge. Check it out, build your own and get involved!




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Turn that frown upside down!

January is one of those months nobody likes. For one its freezing; the cold often brings down your mood. Quite a lot of people have no money because of Christmas and some people feel guilty as they have already given up on their new year’s resolutions! But now it’s time for a change, let’s be happy! I am going to tell you some techniques to improve your mood and turn that frown upside down!

Do stuff you enjoy! It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks as long as you are enjoying yourself, let yourself go and have fun in these cold winter months.

Bake a smile on your face! Baking is a great way to improve your mood because obviously you get nice food for you to eat and you can share it with your friends!

Exercise! It might not seem like exercise is the first thing you would want to do to make you happy, but it does! It releases a chemical in your body which actually can improve your mood!

Spend time with family doing something you all enjoy, they’re always there for you, and trust me they can make you happy!

And of course spend time with friends! Nothing beats laughing with your friends.

Hopefully some of these ideas will lighten your mood! There is no better feeling than being happy!