Yousef Al-Mana has been labelled ‘Mr Harrow High’ by his colleagues. The 21 year old won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award as a student of Harrow High School Academy but, unusually, has also managed to acquire a Leader Award there too.
“I’m very pleased about winning the awards, first as a student and then as a Learning Support Assistant at Harrow High. Winning was totally unexpected on both occasions,” he says humbly.
“I was a difficult learner initially,” admits Yousef. “However cooperating with the school helped me to grow and develop my leadership skills and personality. There were a few teachers who pushed me and guided me along the way, inspiring me to want to give back to the school.”
Yousef became Head Boy in Year 11 and then Senior Head Boy in Sixth Form. At the end of Year 13, an opportunity to work at Harrow High was presented to Yousef. “I took it,” says Yousef. “Three years down the line, I am still here and will be going off to university on a part-time basis from September 2015.”
After completing his degree at University College of Football Business (UCFB), Yousef hopes to go into the events management field. “Ultimately, I would like to work in the Emirates Stadium - and maybe one day even back at Harrow High School,”
“Yousef is a most hard working member of staff who is supportive, helpful, caring and always willing to step into the breach. Yousef commits himself 100% to the cause,” says Mr Livon Houslin – the Jack Petchey coordinator at Harrow High. “He supports both Army and Police Cadets within school and both have had their numbers increased since his involvement. Above all else, he is very well respected.”
This is obvious through Yousef’s Leader Award victory, where he “came out as the overwhelming winner” during the staff and students’ vote.
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