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Haleema Ali

28 August 2020

UpRising opened up opportunities I would not have gained otherwise.

Leadership underpins all of the things I have been involved in, so UpRising was an invaluable experience, which I have recommended to many young people. Through UpRising, I was able to form a partnership with Luton Culture, who I have since been asked on multiple occasions to work with for various arts and culture projects. It was also a great way to network with amazing individuals from various organisations, as well as making new friends with other like-minded individuals on the course. Since graduating from UpRising, I gained a job as an Education Executive with the Prince's Trust. I believe that the leadership qualities I gained through UpRising, in managing the smARTer Luton campaign, was great experience for my role at the Prince's Trust. UpRising opened up opportunities I would not have gained otherwise. The smARTer Luton project also gained a lot of support. We have run events even after finishing UpRising and we have a lot of exciting projects coming up! Most recently, I came full circle and gained a roleĀ at UpRising as their Programme Coordinator for Bedfordshire!