The If Chloe Can charity – helping to prepare girls for the challenges of life.
Founded in 2013, If Chloe Can has been working successfully with secondary schools across the country, by contributing to individual PHSE programmes for Years 9-12 and increasingly for girls in Year 9. The aim has been to reach out to students to offer them advice on career planning, workshops to develop skills in problem solving, goal setting, self-exploration, and creative thinking along with the collaborative working and networking skills that will be so crucial in all aspects of their life and work.The charity also provides a wide range of real-life role models to encourage and stretch young women’s aspirations, enthusing them to reach their maximum potential. The goal is to help young people make informed decisions that enable them to best progress in learning and work, opening up life chances and ultimately enhancing social mobility.
Building on this work the charity has launched its CAR programme in 2018. Specifically tailored to the needs of girls in Years 8&9 our Confidence, Assertiveness & Resilience workshop training helps to develop critical personal skills and is intended as a foundation to help schools and their students achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The charity was created from a long-standing interest of its founder, Esther McVey, in working with young women for whom access to appropriate role models has historically been too limited. Today, the task is still to challenge the effects of the persistent paucity of female role models in powerful positions across almost all walks of life.
Over the years ICC’s trainers and volunteers have met with more than 14,000 students and worked with them in a variety of ways. They have adapted the programme to reflect research outcomes into young people’s views and concerns and have built a network of supporters from diverse career backgrounds and pathways.This has included interactive workshops, career-led speaker panels, tailored mentoring sessions, moving to the production of a series of role model books and magazines and a much acclaimed theatre production involving the National Youth Theatre which kick started a year long programme of work in schools.
Esther Mc Vey is a businesswoman, broadcaster and the current Member of Parliament for Tatton in Cheshire. She is a Privy Councillor, trained as a lawyer, Esther worked as a producer and broadcaster for the BBC and then set up her own business for training and mentoring, the success of which earned her the nomination for Woman of the Year in Cheshire and Merseyside. She went on to establish the largest business women’s network in the North West – “Winning Women” before entering Parliament in 2010. More recently she was Chair of the British Transport Police Authority and chaired the Recruitment & Employment Federation’s Future of Jobs commission. The registered Charity If Chloe Can is funded through grant aid and the generosity of like-minded donors It makes no charge to partner state schools.