Renaissance Foundation Spring Update

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Spring Update 2019

As we embark upon our busy summer programme of events, we want to thank you for being a regular donor to RF, and share some of the exciting things that we've been up to and our plans for the next few months.

We've had a busy year so far, with visits to Autograph Gallery, Windsor Castle and a Behind the Scenes Tour of Britain's Got Talent to name a few! Our calendar of workshops has continued to run, engaging and inspiring new participants to create their own personal development plans and get involved with RF events. In total we've welcomed 40 new participants from our partners across London, including Harringay Young Carers, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and UCLH.
 
We've also welcomed our new Youth Programme Manager Rachael and Intern Grace to the RF team. Rachael joins us from a charity helping people who are disabled by society to gain employment and reach their full potential and has been busy getting to know the young people on the programme and organising some exciting summer events. Grace will be assisting Sat over the summer, providing executive support during this busy period.  

You're helping us to empower and inspire vulnerable young people to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential. Your donations are vitally important to us and highly impactful. This newsletter  highlights some of the work you've made possible and lives you've helped transform. 
Royal Archives
In June we took a group of young people to visit the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. As well as touring the castle and grounds, we visited the archives and learned about the varied interests and photography collection of Prince Albert. We were especially excited to see the first ever speech he made, in which he  advocated for the abolition of slavery and wrote entirely in German, before learning off by heart in English. 
Britain's Got Talent
Our behind the scenes visit to a rehearsal of Britain's Got Talent was one of the most exciting events of our Spring calendar. We took a group of 12 young people to see the quarter final acts rehearsing, and to learn from the various different teams working within the production company about their particular career journeys. The highlight was chatting to comedian Kojo Anim (pictured) about where he draws his inspiration from and how he overcomes his nerves to go out on stage. 
Mandela Exhibition
In May a group from our schools programme was lucky enough to have a guided tour of the Mandela Exhibition by their learning manager. We were fascinated to learn that his given name wasn't Nelson, but Rolihlahla, meaning "trouble maker". This was followed by a goal setting session kindly hosted by PEN Partnership, marking the start of many young peoples' RF Journey.
Autograph photography workshop
This workshop on the theme of Art and Identity was a great opportunity for our Year 2's to get hands on experience of photography, taking pictures on film for the first time for many. We visited their exhibition on Gordon Parks, the prominent US Photojournalist, and discussed his themes of representation, human rights and social justice. 
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