#IWill ambassadors making a difference
398. Callie Turner
399. Sophie Greener
Two ‘Step Up To Serve’ #IWill ambassadors who have helped fellow young people with bullying and body confidence issues.
Callie Turner, 18 from Chesterfield and Sophie Greener, 18 from Coventry, are both ambassadors for Step Up To Serve’s #IWill Campaign, elected because of their commitment to youth social action and the energy they have put into anti-bullying campaigns.
Callie first became inspired to volunteer when she was put forward by her teacher to train in anti-bullying. She went on to spread the message across her school and in schools across Chesterfield, setting up a team of 12 volunteers in her own school which has reduced bullying by a almost a third. She has also trained 15 volunteers in another school. She regularly speaks at other schools about the importance of combatting bullying and was part of a team who helped turn around a school with serious bullying issues as part of Channel 5’s ‘Bullied’ series in 2012. After the series, other schools were quick to request help and Callie has given workshops in schools across the region.
Sophie, an A-level student from Coventry, began suffering with low self esteem in secondary school. Through yoga, she discovered a way to combat this negative image and has been inspired through #IWill to help others like her. For two years she has run her free yoga sessions across Coventry for fifteen girls aged 13-19. Through this, young women have been able to both learn yoga and talk about positive body confidence and natural beauty. She also mentors a small group of year 8 schoolgirls every week, using the sessions to discuss body image and tackle low self-esteem at an early age.