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Caring Courtney selected for an opportunity of a lifetime

A dedicated student who juggles caring for her mum with her College studies, has been selected from hundreds to represent the UK on a trip of a lifetime to the USA.

Courtney Fuller, who is studying Health & Social Care and Communication Studies, was chosen as one of 12 students from the London region for the Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme which involves a two-week stay in America this summer.

Only 12 places are available and the students are selected based on interviews and their performance at workshop sessions.

Courtney said: “I am so excited about the thought of going to America. The furthest I have ever been abroad is to Spain. I can’t wait to experience the different lifestyle, meet new people and face new challenges.”

Caring Courtney selected for an opportunity of a lifetime | February 2016

The former Brittons School student wants to go to University next year to train as a midwife. At just 16, she manages to balance her studying as well as working part-time in a local shop with being the joint carer (with her brother) for her mum, who suffers terribly with arthritis.

She said: “I can’t believe I got through out of all the people who applied. My mum is so proud. She is a wonderful person, always so supportive of me and she has shown me the right path through my life. She was so pleased I got through. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme aims to improve leadership and communication skills and involves various residential seminars in the UK before the trip to the USA.

While in America the group of 12 students will stay at the School for International Training college campus in Vermont in the first week, and will then experience a home stay with an American family in Chicago in the second week.

The main objectives of the programme are to develop global awareness of lifestyle issues along with strong leadership, teambuilding and communication skills – enabling the students to learn to express themselves with more confidence and make friends for life.

Courtney said she heard about the initiative through her Personal Coach at College, Suzanne Humphreys. She said: “Suzanne encouraged me to go for it. She has given me a lot of support. I’ve loved my time at College so far and have made lots of friends.”

College Careers Co-ordinator Nikki Phelps said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Courtney. She did so well to have been chosen from all the applicants. It will be a life-changing experience for her.”

Two other Havering Sixth Form College students - Daniel Moughton and Semir Kahrimanovic - were shortlisted to the final 24, but unfortunately just missed out on final selection.

For more information about the programme, visit: www.windsor-fellowship.org/#!ukusa/c1ugq