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Andrae

“FBB has given me an incentive to pay more attention in class. Iff you’re not being good in school, at home, and during sessions, then you won’t have the opportunities to work with them. Their whole thing is to help young people improve their attitudes and their social skills as well as meeting new people.”

Which year group are you in?

9

How long have you been a part of FBB?

1 year

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Optimistic, kind, and sensible.

How would your teachers describe you in 3 words?

Ambitious, outgoing, and cheerful.

What are your passions/hobbies?

Dancing - In primary school we had a talent show every year, and there would be a couple of people who would get to perform their talents in front of the whole school. I went into my first show with my dance and managed to win the competition two years in a row and perform in front of my school. I started getting into dance through watching Michael Jackson and seeing his moonwalk in his videos. I wanted to dance like him, and then I moved onto more street dance and break dancing. After that, I started performing for my family at birthday parties and gatherings and I was looking online at dance groups and found one online called Great Diverse New Dancers. I am really passionate about dancing and want to become a choreographer when I grow up.

Football - In primary school, my friends would always encourage me to come down to the cage and play with them. I started playing with my friends and then I started to play football at home more, practising in my cage. When I went to secondary school I then went on to play for my school team in year 7 and 8 and that was the point in which I was able to get mentored by FBB.

Art - I was watching YouTube videos because I was interested in Dragon Ball Z. I was learning how to draw Goku and the dragon and it became something I enjoyed doing. Then when I went to secondary school, I started to see art as an important subject and I was encouraged by my teachers to keep doing it because of my art style. I got into drawing pictures of other people in school and i sold them from 50p to £1.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced before FBB?

Before FBB, my biggest challenge was looking forward to going to school because I'd normally have boring lessons and I wasn't really interested in what I was learning. I saw myself as someone who was out of the box, I didn't just want to learn what was on the curriculum, I wanted to learn more creative subjects.

How has FBB helped you to overcome those challenges?

FBB has given me an incentive to pay more attention in class. Iff you’re not being good in school, at home, and during sessions, then you won’t have the opportunities to work with them. Their whole thing is to help young people improve their attitudes and their social skills as well as meeting new people.

What has been your favourite experience with FBB so far?

Going on the Woodrow tour because I met loads of new people and made lots of new friends. It helped me with my social skills and helped me to be more open about making friendships with other people

What do you hope to do in the future?

I want to be an entrepreneur, and work with FBB for my first couple of years in my job. Throughout that I will have my own side business in e-commerce and social media influencing within dance. After that, I then want to do modelling for brands and host masterclasses to help other people grow and own their own businesses. I also want to be a choreographer.

Quote from FBB Project Lead

“Andrea is a young person that possesses numerous outstanding qualities. He has always shown a desire to learn and be driven to achieve the best level he can.”

Quote from your link teacher

"Andrae is always someone who is happy to learn, but now it is clear to see he is looking to apply it to his home life and school life”