Young Ambassadors

In September 2012, we launched the search for 15 young Ambassadors aged 13-26 to join InspirEngage. We are passionate about supporting young people to explore social enterprise as a career path, as well as wanting the company to breathe a breath of fresh air! InspirEngage is there to serve young people, and our team should reflect this.

This 18 month opportunity will see the Ambassadors learning first hand what it’s like within a global social enterprise, as well as contributing their skills towards the core purpose of the organisation. Whether it’s marketing, Bootcamps training, business development or IT, they’ll be getting involved at all levels.

Although the opportunity was only posted via Facebook and Twitter platforms, we received some 200 applications- which truly reflected the drive and passion amongst young people to want to get involved within the youth sector.
The Young Ambassadors were shortlisted, then interviewed by Melody Hossaini who was then set the most difficult task to pick 15 young people best fitted. We welcome the final selection who possess varied skills, relevant experience and passion- to the InspirEngage team!
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Name: Vidya Nathan
Age: 20
Location: London

Me, in a nutshell: Economics and Mathematics student who loves spreading positivity. Passionate about helping young people gain confidence and develop skills needed to make their mark on the world. I’ve been supporting and volunteering for InspirEngage for a while and I’m enjoying every second. Friends and family describe me as ambitious, self-motivated and kind hearted with an eagerness for learning, improvement and growth.

My motto in life: Everything happens for a reason. Hard work will always pay off. Treat others how you wish to be treated. Keep smiling no matter what. No obstacle is too big to warrant giving up on your dreams.

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Name:
Mohamed Abdel-Gadir
Age: 27
Location: Birmingham/Abergavenny

Me, in a nutshell: A designer of Sudanese descent born and raised in Abergavenny, South Wales, later moving to London and currently living in Birmingham. My influences stem from these places and the people I have encountered on the way. Music plays a heavy role in my creativity. As with music the design field is constantly changing, so in order to remain relevant ideas must be able to develop quickly in exciting and innovative new directions.

My motto in life: “True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders”

Name: Magdalena Shiltagh
Age: 22
Location: London/Durham

Me, in a nutshell: I am half Polish and half Iraqi, but have grown up in London. I am in my final year at Durham University, studying Economics with French. I have a deep-rooted interest in politics and international affairs as well as international development, particularly in the Middle East. I am an aspiring social entrepreneur, gaining experience before finding my niche.

My motto in life: I don’t like to live life by a motto. I simply live by my principles and try to grasp every opportunity that comes my way.

Name: Jack Watson
Age: 14
Location: Frodsham, Cheshire

Me, in a nutshell: I‘m a 14 year old web designer running a successful web design and online retail business, who loves being entrepreneurial and networking with like minded people through social media platforms. I want to become involved in exciting, challenging, and rewarding opportunities. I’m creative, motivated and have a hardworking attitude with a strong ambition to be successful in life.

My motto in life: ’One of the most important things I know is that I don’t know hardly anything yet. However with time, opportunities and a willingness to learn; my knowledge will grow.’ - Jack Watson

Name: Lauren Reynolds
Age: 19
Location: London

Me, in a nutshell: At 16 I left home to pursuit my entrepreneurial & business career, with no GCSES and severe dyscalculia I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but a whirl wind 3 years on and a lot of hard work later I have graduated from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy with Merit, landed my dream job in Marketing for the biggest Telco company in the UK –Orange and T-Mobile and RBS have just head hunted me to develop propositions for small business. In my spare time I run multiple enterprises to build my social empire & do vertical marathons and the best part is… I’m just getting started!

My motto in life: “There are those who look at things and ask why, I’d say dream of things that never were and ask why not? That’s why in my spare time I’m an underwater fireman.” – Jamal Edwards

Name: Charlie Dowler
Age: 16
Location: Wallington

Me, in a nutshell: I am a young, talented web designer/developer. I am enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking and able to meet deadlines. I have fresh new ideas that I can adapt to suit any company I work through my personality and skills in all areas. The use of new technology inspires me to make people’s lives easier.

My motto in life: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein. Take every day as it comes.

Name: Comfort Ekponoimo Nsek
Age: 22
Location: London/Nottingham

Me, in a nutshell: An aspiring lawyer, mentor and full-time student; whose aim is to inspire and make a difference. Originated from Nigeria; I have a combination of life experiences, work and outstanding educational background that have contributed in making me the lady I am today. I live and breathe positivity and never give up until I’m done.

My motto in life: Personal Motto – Respect Differences; Celebrate Success

Name: Adam Jones
Age: 18
Location: Halesowen

Me, in a nutshell: Business is something I’ve always been passionate about. From taking part in Young Enterprise to mentoring young business students, I’ve made the most of every opportunity. In 2010, while beginning my A-Level studies, I co-founded The Student Magazine, enabling me to make opportunities in journalism available to young people across the UK.

My motto in life: “It’s our attitude, not our aptitude, that determines our altitude.”

Name: Kyranjeet Sanghera
Age: 23  
Location: Buckinghamshire

Me, in a nutshell: Born in the city, bred in the country, educated by the sea… Loves Sundays at Gurdwara, family time, supper with the girls, & dancing! Experience in PR, events & marketing predominately having worked with a portfolio of organizations; from IKEA UK, Barnardo’s, GMTV, Big brother, Guess, Channel 4 & a handful of national newspapers. Has a career in international strategic marketing, whilst teaching, working for radio & completing her post grad.

My motto in life: “Knowledge without application is no knowledge at all” – Sanghera

Name: Keshav Bhatt
Age: 22
Location: Birmingham

Me, in a nutshell: I’m a passionate English graduate from the University of Reading intent on changing the world and inspiring others to do the same. Have just completed writing my first book – entitled ‘Between the White Lines’, and recently returned from volunteering in Botswana for 3 months. A budding social entrepreneur and an avid West Bromwich Albion fan. Also love Hip Hop music!

My motto in life: Like the bee gathering honey from different flowers, the wise man accepts the essence of different things and sees only the good in all things in life. Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.

Name: Zainab Ali
Age: 14
Location: Manchester

Me, in a nutshell: A teenager, dreamer, child, nomad and fighter all rolled into one. I currently help out at Rainbows, do a local radio show, I’m a member of my school English Blog team where I came 2nd in the Daily Mail’s ‘An ode to the Queen’ poetry competition 2012. I am also passionate about making a difference and was a charity representative at my school. I work with Oxfam and am part of my school’s world model UN team and well as being a senior librarian at my school. I believe that all these experiences help to shape who I am and develop my character.

My motto in life: “How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” - Trina Paulus.

Name: Will Stanning
Age: 20
Location: Bath

Me, in a nutshell: A confident, well rounded individual who loves volunteering and working with a wide variety of different people. I am focused to work hard, and would like to take the necessary footsteps to begin a career working with young people, for young people.

My motto in life: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

 

Name: Sandeep Kaur
Age: 22
Location: Walsall

Me, in a nutshell: Former law graduate, now I am an individual on a mission to inspire and support others to succeed regardless of their age, ability and background. I enjoy meeting new people and I love a positive attitude. I am passionate about all life has to offer and helping people realise their potential whilst on their individual journey.

My motto in life: “It is not the strongest person that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

Name: Lawrence James Haslam
Age: 18
Location: Nottingham/London

Me, in a nutshell: Laid back, incredibly fun yet interested in success and even more excited by how the world becomes better place by believing in the power of the mind to create fresh ideas.

My motto in life: “You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong.” – Bono

Name: Geri Spicer
Age: 26 years
Location: London

Me, in a nutshell: I am a filmmaker interested in social inclusion and helping those around me. I am passionate and dedicated and turn my ideas into action..

My motto in life: There are two motto’s I live by - “When nothing goes right…go left.” & “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Download the InspirEngage booklets below to find out about the services InspirEngage offers in supporting young people to develop Life Skills to be more Confident, Work-ready and Enterprising.

InspirEngage – services in schools (.pdf) InspirEngage – services in universities and colleges (.pdf)

 

 

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