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A conference is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Saturday 23 October) which will highlight the accomplishments of the Care Leavers in North Yorkshire and provide guidance on achieving their goals and aspirations.

Care Leavers Can 2021 (# careleaverscan2021) takes place in partnership with the University of York and the North Yorkshire County Council. It is organized before Care Leavers Week, which takes place from Monday October 25 to October 31.

The conference will be hosted virtually by the University of York and will feature Josh MacAlister, who heads the Independent Review of Child Welfare in England. He will participate in a question-and-answer session led by young graduates.

This year’s theme is aspirations and will feature a talk by Rachel Malik, who left North Yorkshire, who was awarded one of the world’s most sought-after university scholarships to study the global economy in China.

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Rachel studied for an MA in Global Economics and Chinese Economic Development in Beijing, having received just one of the 95 scholarships awarded worldwide by the Chinese government. She has won numerous awards, including Undergraduate of the Year; Future Business Leader Award, and now working in international finance in London.

We are currently supporting around 350 county care leavers.

Cllr Janet Sanderson, North Yorkshire Executive Member for Children and Youth Services, said: “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our young people leaving care. Providing them with the right support at the right time is a priority for us.

“We don’t want young people leaving care to face major milestones alone – like going to residences alone for the first time – unless they want to. Our teams are working very hard to set up support to give them the best possible chances of life. “

The conference will also offer workshops for young people on a range of topics including learning options, working for us and other employers and sessions on personal skills such as baking. York University will also be hosting sessions on the support available to young people leaving care to attend university and the range of options available to them.

In addition to the conference, we offer an additional support program for people on care leave during their transition to independent living. This includes career choices and pathways, money management, cooking on a budget, wellness, switching utility providers, and reducing energy bills and housework. All sessions will be held at The Street, a community resource in Scarborough.

Two former care leavers have been employed as apprentice educators to lead the workshops under the program, which is supported by Anglo American, the global company that owns the polyhalite mining project near Whitby.

“We are delighted to be working with North Yorkshire County Council to help them implement this program and we hope it will help those on care leave to make positive decisions about their future,” said Gareth Edmunds , Director of Corporate Relations at Anglo American.

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