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Jesse Lucas - Higham's Park School

Jesse aiming for the top!

16 year old Jesse Lucas, of Highams Park in North London, is a driven and determined individual who possesses a wealth of experience and maturity beyond his years. Jesse is determined to make a positive difference for young people and has high aspirations for a career in politics.

Jesse graduated from the first Jack Petchey Foundation Achiever’s Network in 2013, having successfully completed the 18-month development programme designed to advance leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Since then he has represented the Foundation at a range of events,most recently as a member of a panel which disusssed the role that social media plays in the lives of young people today.

The aptly named ‘Digi Debate’ took place in early February 2014 in partnership with Media Trust and the Evening Standard’s new entertainment channel London Live. It kicked off with an introduction from Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, while the panel was chaired by ITV News presenter Charlene White.

Of his experience, Jesse said Sitting between the Director of SBTV and the Founder of Telegraph Hill really emphasised that I was amongst industry experts – it was a great feeling to know that as well as debating with these individuals, I was learning a lot from them at the same time. I certainly returned from the event with a much wider view on social media.”

Jesse won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award when he was 12 after setting up the library committee at Highams Park as well as taking up roles in the school’s charity and design committees. Subsequently to winning the award, Jesse has organised numerous charity events, sat on his school’s council, coordinated a school litter campaign and established the school’s radio network.

He is natural leader and has become a role model for the latest group of young people to take part in the Jack Petchey Achiever’s Network. Jesse has the ability to assess and delegate tasks fairly and accordingly, and is a confident public speaker. Maturely, he admits that he has a short attention span and needs to improve his application to topics he finds tedious. Ultimately he enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures – an important quality if he is to reach his political dreams.

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Jesse with Adam Deacon