A learner at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, nineteen year old Rose Fernando, has been appointed London’s Young Ambassador to the European Parliament. Rose, who is studying Youth Work, is already an experienced youth worker.

When Rose ran a programme entitled Worth More Than Rubies for young women involved in knife and gun crime, she so impressed the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Trident team, they nominated her for place on the National Learner Panel (NLP). Rose soon became vice-chair of the panel and from there was nominated as London’s Young Ambassador. Rose’s first official role is a visit to Copenhagen in January to meet the Danish delegation to the European Parliament.

Asked how she felt about this new role, Rose said: “I feel privileged and a little bit scared. My job will be to represent young people who are in transition from school to further education and adult learning. I hope that I can make a difference, for example to improve access to further education.”

An outstanding school student, Rose completed her GCSEs at Enfield County and achieved an impressive 6 A levels all with A grades at Alexandra Park. With a string of achievements to her name, including the ABC Foundation Award for Bridging Cultures and a Jack Petchey Award, Rose is also one of a number of young volunteers on the vTalent programme.  Rose says:  “The vTalent programme is great opportunity for me – I’ll get a formal qualification for the youth work I’ve been doing and I’m also getting more in-depth knowledge about the opinions of young people who are learners at the college and about issues in the community.”

In 2007 Rose helped set up Youth Movement, a charity promoting social inclusion for young people and providing programmes that build self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem. Rose also recently set up a business NextGeneration London which will provide a range of programmes and train other youth workers to run them.

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