Oh The Places You'll Go!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!'
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Today is the day
Today, I am off an adventure. An adventure that links my love for travel and my passion for stories. I am heading to the U.S. and Canada to research whether reading and writing can improve young people’s well-being as well as develop their skills academically. Starting in New York and finishing in Seattle, I will be visiting 11 leading organisations and academics that are working in the area of literacy and well-being across the U.S. and Canada.
These visits will involve observations and interviews based on my research questions:
1. Can reading and writing programmes improve young people’s well-being as well as develop their skills academically?
2. How can these programmes create a safe environment where young people can develop their well-being and academics?
3. Can these programmes benefit all young people or what groups of young people are these programmes best able to support?
4. How can we know that young people’s well-being and academic abilities are improving?
5. How can these programmes scale their services to reach as many young people as possible?
The 11 different organisations that I will be visiting are listed in the image above. It's a document that I have been using to share my research with new interested parties. Please do feel free to share this and my blog, with anyone who you feel may be interested.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
My travel is being funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a UK charity that funds British citizens to travel overseas in order to research inspiring practice in other countries and to use their learnings to benefit the UK on their return. I will use this research to improve the work of The Story Project, so we can be more effective in supporting young people at risk of mental health problems. One of the requirements of my funding is to write a report on my research on my return and I will be actively looking for places to share it, so that as many young people can benefit from my findings as possible.
Great Balancing Act and the Wide Open Air
“You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Receiving the funding and organising this trip has already been a 'great balancing act', but overall I have managed to keep my left and right feet in the right places and I know that the hard work will be worth it. For me, collaboration is the key to success, and I feel extremely grateful to have the opportunity to visit, learn from and collaborate with the best organisations in my field. I will update this blog with details of my research, but for now it is time for me to hit the open air, ready for adventures in New York!
“It's opener, out there, in the wide, open air.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!