Surrey Youth Reach the Top of the Summit

The first ever Teen Summit has taken place at the Music Works in Milford Surrey on Sunday the 11th October 2015. 24 teenagers between the ages of 13-17 came together from 10 different Schools, several counties and two delegates attended from Sweden.

Jobs demands and professions change more rapidly than ever, and being innovative and creative is becoming more important for young students in the future.

Furthermore, what is truly required is a strong inner self belief in one’s own capacity and ability. These educational qualities are sadly getting lost in the current academic school system, which is primarily based on achieving grades instead of utilising the vital skills of lateral thinking, aptitude, passion and open mindedness to life-long learning.

As a result, Tone Tellefsen Hughes, Clinic Director and Practicing Chiropractor at Luck’s Yard in Milford, Surrey assembled a team of 13 like-minded local professionals from the private and public sectors to create a day for teens.

The aim was to work on subjects such as thinking skills, understanding transferrable skills, creative art, making original pieces of music, yoga, mindfulness, posture and personal confidence.  All session leaders volunteered their time for the event and an excellent lunch was sponsored by Virgin Care’s Youth Counselling Service.

Andy Hart and Kate Lidbetter, owners and operators of the Music Works in Milford, offered the School as the learning centre as they have done for many community and charity events in the past.  The music the students made during the day will be played at a charity event at Loseley Park during December.

Holly Giles, 15, Head girl at Rodborough, enthusiastically commented, “The topics discussed and techniques we learnt were all relatable and relevant.  They not only taught us techniques but left me feeling calm, capable and prepared to deal with whatever is to come.  It was a great day that taught things every teenager should know no matter what their situation.  I am so grateful to everyone who helped us to learn these things.“

Tone Tellefsen Hughes, co-founder of the Teen Summit said:

“It was amazing to see the difference in the teens when they arrived and when they left. Their faces were lit up, their whole body posture had changed and their attitudes had shifted to open and excited from slightly unsure of what to expect when they came”

She went on to say “Our vision was to open everyone up to new ideas and find new and positive ways for each individual to be uniquely themselves, and learn how to make their personality shine from within.”

Harry Body, 15 year old athlete with the Guildford and Godalming athletic club added “It was an amazing way to learn about yourself and others, all whilst meeting new people and having a great time. Such a great idea!”

All participating leaders are experienced in their individual fields; they all work with teenagers in some capacity and also utilize the power of creative thinking in order to extract balance from within.

The feedback following the event has been very positive and encouraging for everyone involved.

Our aim now is to create a second workshop to build on the learning from the first, working with areas the teens themselves have expressed interest in, tailor sessions for more for individual needs.

Our biggest goal would be to make this a regular workshop in Surrey so more teenagers can benefit and we are now looking for funding from both the private and the public sectors as all the leaders and co-founders of the summit are working on this in a volunteer capacity.

For more information about the course or our facilitators, see our website: http://teensummit2015.wix.com/teensummit2015

or contact Tone Tellefsen Hughes at the Luck’s Yard Clinic on 01483 527945