“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The New Year brings a renewed sense of purpose and thought for everybody in January; a time where over 2 million people cut down drinking for “Dry January,” and many more will give up chocolate, sweets, coffee and other vices.
Yesterday, our team, which is part of the larger Career Studio team, presented to each other on a variety of topics, but one key topic that kept on coming up was that of purpose. Purpose is what drives us to do what we do every day; it is what we arepassionate about, what makes us want to do the things we do. The purpose of my work is to keep Inspire Aspire running so that I can continue to help thousands of young people across the country, which makes me happy.
So, what is the purpose of Inspire Aspire?
Inspire Aspire is a personal development programme for young people, our mission is for young people to identify who they are, who they want to be and why; we do this through a poster programme that allows young people to identify their character strengths, who inspires them and what their vision for the world is.
Our purpose is to provide a platform and a way for young people to find their own purpose in life.
Why do we do this? Because young people deserve to have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they want to do – and not everyone does know what they want to do or who they want to be – and that’s okay – but all young people deserve to have the chance to find out more about themselves.
Sima Estebi from Roundwood Park School told us “By taking part in this project I have learnt more about myself as a person and what I want to do in the future… It has helped me reflect on who I am and explore different aspects of me. I am proud of my work.”
This year we are continuing our 3 year research project with Montclair State University to look into the effectiveness of the Inspire Aspire programme on young people developing purpose, and how we can improve this to make the programme better for everyone. This is another driving force behind the purpose of Inspire Aspire in the new year – to find a fully effective way for us to help young people find their purpose.
What is yours or your organisation’s purpose? Do you know what it is? And if not, do you know what you need to do to find it?
Written by Sarah Virgo