Chevonne Lawson

Outstanding Learner of the Year
North East

The journey Chevonne has made, from a teenager in care with behavioural issues to a young mum who is now studying an Access to University course, is remarkable. Despite having to overcome numerous issues in recent years – including homelessness and bereavement – Chevonne has completed a NOCN level 1 and 2 diploma in Progression, and Literacy levels 1 and 2 since joining The Bridge Project in September 2009. This has led to a confirmed place to study Criminology and Law at university on completion of the Access course.

Becoming a teenage mother inspired Chevonne to leave her troubled past behind. She is now keen for her children to experience a different childhood to her own and take their lead from her. “I feel that through education I have transformed my life and although it has been challenging, I have the ability and skills to progress and be an effective practitioner in my chosen field,” said Chevonne, who is keen to study further so she can make positive use of her childhood experiences and help others within the care system.

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“I feel that through education I have transformed my life.”
Chevonne Lawson, 2011 Award Winner