2014 Grad - Tibaba
I'd always been someone that was drawn to leadership roles but I hadn't really developed the skills. I mean you can't just tell people what to do......you have to encourage them, build them up; you have to listen to the things that they have to say.
"Fill the Gap" aimed to alleviate religious stereotypes by filling a gap in education about religion. The team put on a week of events in their school, presenting information, talks and drama performances to highlight different issues, with people representing different religions including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.
What’s your Envision memory?
Early on at the start of the project, it was just me and one other girl who were interested in doing something on religious stereotypes, and our Envision co-ordinator said if we wanted to a project then we would need more people. Eventually, we gained the interest of other people and a good memory was our first meeting when all of us were together. I looked around and realised that through an initial idea that I’d had, all these people had come together who were all actually very interested and on fire for this project. To have the privilege of being in a group project where everyone really wanted to be there is something I hadn't experienced before.
There was another instance that stood out for me a couple of months down the line. Things were getting a bit tricky because we had realised that whilst we had been putting effort into the project, the date was looming and we needed to get more stuff done. I’d been hoping that maybe the event could be a bigger one that would happen in Bristol city center where it would garner more outside public interest, but my teammates weren't so sure and were thinking maybe it would be better if we just did a school event. Eventually, as the team co-ordinator and team leader, I had to realise that I was already blessed with having these team mates who were so vested in it and I couldn't just be a dictator: I had to listen to what they were saying that we would need more time to do the bigger project I had in mind. I realised it was a team effort and that was a pivotal point for me personally and I've taken that experience into other group projects I've been involved in since then.
Tibz is studying for certificate of higher education in popular music and worship and is hoping to continue on to a diploma next year.
What did you get out of Envision?
Envision gave me a lot of confidence as a team leader and taught me a lot of lessons. I'd always been someone that was drawn to leadership roles but I hadn't really developed the skills. I mean you can't just tell people what to do......you have to encourage them, build them up; you have to listen to the things that they have to say. I've been on a number of group projects since then but I think Envision was the one where I learned the most.
Envision is different from school in that it broadens your horizons and what you see of the world. When you're between the ages of 16-19 you still have a kind of closed view of the world, but when you do these kind of projects you actually see a lot more. You see issues that are going on in your community, your country, the whole world and you realise that actually you need to be proactive in addressing these things.......it causes your view to be much bigger than what you see in sixth form and at school and it teaches you all these team skills, organisation skills that you wouldn't normally get just doing an A level.