OUR OLYMPIC LEGACY: Cultural Society Network Summit 2012

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The Teach First – London Bridge office was buzzing with robust leadership potential and prospective pioneers on Monday, 10 September 2012.

Organised by Elevation Networks in partnership with Teach First, the Cultural Societies Network Summit offered a platform for budding student leaders to be empowered, inspired and equipped to become trailblazers in their respective universities.

The conference consisted of various workshops and sessions led by prominent young professionals and a team of Teach First facilitators.

The skills workshops had our student leaders thinking `outside the box´ – using unorthodox methods to convey tasks.


A captivating and motivating session from Nathan Ghann, providing practical tips and essential advice for the student leaders on achieving academic success.

“He kept my attention; I couldn´t put my pen down”.


Rabia Bhatti, the first youngest Muslim female Councillor, shared her motivations, challenges and achievements leaving the room – student leaders and speakers – inspired.

“She´s superwoman and she´s so down to earth as well”


Ketan Makwana´s session on Ideation to Creation was anecdotal, witty and riveting discussing how to ensure an idea meets a lucrative end.

“He was funny and enthusiastic, he makes entrepreneurship look easy”


The Maximising Leadership Potential session facilitated by Claud Williams, was interactive allowing the student leaders to assess their leadership skills.

“His talk was highly informative; I´ve picked up a few things on leadership”


Chaired by Barbara Kasumu – CEO, Elevation Networks – a panel discussion ensued with panellists from Teach First (Ndidi Okezie), BBC (Claudia-Liza Armah), Youth Justice Board (Graham Robb) and Elevation Networks (Temitope Yusuf). The main theme of the discussion was participation – getting involved in the policies that affect young people.


Quotes from the panellists:

“The people who are the subject matter of change, are hardly ever involved in the debate”

“Don´t expect the red carpet to be rolled out for you everywhere you go. It won´t. That should be your driving force to be the best.”

“Participation. How can you be on the agenda if you´re not even at the table.”



The day ended with a networking session with student leaders, panellists and representatives from Teach First.


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