Katuchia Palumbo, one of our School Governors, came in to talk to Year 6 about The Ruby Foundation. RUBY stands for:
She asked "What concerns young people today?" The pupils gave ideas such as knife crime, safer neighbourhoods and job prospects. The Ruby Foundation believes that effective communication is vital to build unity in the community.
The children were then asked "What makes you happy?" Is it money or something else? After the children had considered this question, Katuchia looked back at her former job as a property manager and described what she did. She explained that after ten years in this role she then decided to do something for the community and set up the Ruby Foundation.
The Foundation was established to work with 10 year olds upwards and promotes communication and skills in five main areas:
Broadcast radioNews journalism.
TV and film production television.
Business (incl. critical thinking and use of technology)
Mentoring to help maximise each young persons opportunities.
In addition, the Foundation has an online newspaper - and Katuchia explained all the jobs needed to produce an online paper. Year Six were then given the task of researching facts about the Young Mayor of Lewisham, and the best two articles will be published, in due course, on the Foundation's online paper.
Skills in these areas are available to all Lewisham Young People. The skills required for jobs in the above industries are all transferable, as are the life skills which help young people achieve success, job satisfaction and an appreciation of giving to your own community.
If any young people at school are interested in developing any of the skills mentioned they can contact the Ruby Foundation and refer themselves, subject to the support of a teacher.