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“L’Oréal believes that no matter where you’re from, or what your circumstances are, you can achieve amazing things when you believe in yourself.”

The Prince’s Trust

“We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, we help 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives”

The Prince’s Trust

“L’Oréal Paris champions inclusivity and diversity, because we believe everyone is worth it, whoever they are, wherever they're from”

L’Oréal Paris

During a sunny July day in Poplar, East London, two of our L'Oréal Paris ambassadors, Jada Sezer and Gary Thompson, helped to lead an All Worth It session.

Based on topics such as employability, All Worth It’s small group activities and one-to-one sessions support young people in developing confidence, which helps them to approach their next steps.

By providing these day courses, The Prince’s Trust and L'Oréal Paris aim to support the young people involved to gain valuable new skills, and to help them continue their journeys of turning self-doubt into self-worth.

Both Jada and Gary have been working as L’Oréal Paris Prince’s Trust ambassadors since February 2017, but their personal journeys to self-worth started long before. You can find out more about Jada and Gary's own stories in their profiles.

THE DAY

The day focussed on positivity, self-confidence and personal development. Ice-breakers started off the session to encourage young participants and volunteers to feel comfortable, which proceeded with groups being formed and tasked with mind-mapping - what does confidence and self-esteem mean to you?

Jada wrote that ‘embracing your flaws’ was key to her confidence, and similarly, Gary brought up the need to ‘know yourself’. It was agreed that to have self-esteem was to recognise failure was possible and that no one is perfect – rather, you must be the best you can be and stay positive.

The group considered their ‘inner voice’: the positive thoughts we use to overcome feelings of negativity and failure. The sentiment was summarised by Gary with ‘You’re strong! Bad vibes don’t affect me! Just keep doing you!’

The group thought about situations and actions that lower or boost self-esteem, with the intention of highlighting what makes us feel self-doubt. Important points included ensuring you surround yourself with positive people – something Jada was a strong advocate for

Gary championed setting short and long-term goals to measure achievements. Activities stressed that no matter what, someone, somewhere will be negative; if you learn to put yourself first, work hard and take time to do what you enjoy, it won’t matter what people think or say. You are you, and your happiness is a priority.

A key focus of the day was on the ‘personal’: to own your personal responsibility for personal development. Reflection was highlighted as an essential skill, and young people were encouraged to think of their own personal strengths and weaknesses whilst recognising their self-worth. Noting them down in personal folders, they can discuss how their abilities could drive their prospects and plans when meeting with Princes Trust advisors in future.

Personal positivity impacts how we carry out tasks daily, and so the session involved several fun activities, such as designing a personal coat of arms and creating a group poster to study ‘inspiration’. Everyone was encouraged to think of their abilities, ambitions and interests, as well as people and place that mean a lot to them. One student centred ideas on their care for animals, while another looked at their love of family – as did Gary, who also contemplated his aim of being a role model. Jada focused on questioning what ‘normal’ is, and determined no such thing exists, because we’re all unique and beautiful as we are.

During the session, young people also came to grips with social concepts like the Batari Box: in essence, the only action we can control is our own, but we influence those around us. Surrounding ourselves with good influences and retaining positivity can greatly change our perception of the world and ourselves.

The final activities recapped the personal promotion of confidence, driving home the notion that we’re all worth it, no matter what. Young people were encouraged to complement each other and say positive things about themselves aloud, aiming to boost much-deserved self-esteem. It was discussed that we increase our own happiness through mutual support – we smile when we make other people smile – and one young person noted how supportive another had been. Others commented on the brilliant effort someone had put into the session despite their shy nature.

It is crucial to recognise that self-worth is a challenge for many people, and self-consciousness often gets in the way. Yet in all walks of life, there’s great need for people to embrace feeling proud. When remaining humble, pride in our abilities and achievements is a wonderful thing, and both L’Oréal Paris and The Princes Trust want all people to realise their potential, finding belief in themselves.

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