Young people gave up their half-term break to get a grip on their lives.
A group of teenagers from New Rickstones Academy and Maltings Academy, in Witham, signed up to take part in the five-day intensive Braintree Open Talent sessions.
The project, a Braintree Foyer project run in partnership with Youth at Risk and Foyer Federation, offered a structured, integrated and innovative programme combining life coaching and personal development training to transform the lives of young people.
Academies counsellor Debbie Austin organised the enrolment process for the project as well as offering counselling services to the 16 to 20-year-olds who took part.
She said: “We wanted to get involved in this project as it offers young people a one-off, fully funded experience. Everyone had a different goal they wanted to achieve, whether it be regarding relationships, their education or behaviour. Each person’s experience was unique to them. At the end of it, they have walked away with a partnership with a life coach for the next seven months. They will meet weekly to assess how they are getting on with their goals.
“The youngsters had to be brave to put themselves forward for the experience and had to go through a three-hour enrolment which proved emotional for many of them.”
Parents, teachers and representatives from organisations such as Essex Police were on hand to offer guidance and advice to the young people at Braintree Arts Theatre, in Notley Road, Braintree, throughout the half-term break.