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A student from Norman Manley High School giving feedback on the Speed Mentoring Day, last year.  ©

British Council 

Closing date: 31 July 2020 

The British Council and Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation invite boys in the Boys Can Mentoring Programme to enter our summer competition.

This is a time to express how you´re feeling and remember everything that inspires and encourages you to cope with change.  We feel that when we express ourselves and come together, it is easier to move forward. Challenges are best overcome when we all come together!

At the British Council we understand it that way, that's why we invite you to participate in our Boys Can Summer Competition: BE RESILIENT! 

It´s very simple: this is a creative competition to express yourself, to show us how you´re feeling in lockdown and what resilience means to you. Your competition entry can take any creative form you like (for example, a song, rap, short video, dub poem, story, picture, photos, animation).

Just choose one of the themes below for your competition entry:

  1. What does resilience look like, sound like, or feel like?


2. How are you coping in lockdown?

Prizes to be won!

Prizes include food baskets and book vouchers.

Your competition entries will also be shared on the British Council website and Facebook and/or Youtube page!

Important competition rules and information

  • Competition is open to: boys in the Boys Can programme only. 
  • Your entry can be in the creative form you choose 
  • Closing date to send your entry: 31 July 2020 
  • Send your competition entry to:  

If your competition entry is a heavy file (such as a video or audio file), please use WeTransfer ( or Google drive to send this to the email above.

What is resilience? 

Resilience means bouncing back from tough times and coping with difficult situations. When you´re resilient, you can face difficult situations, learn from them and move forward.

We also want to share some resources to support boys and parents with challenges they´re experiencing now:

COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression

In an unprecedented time of upheaval and change, it’s understandable that many young people’s mental health may be particularly vulnerable.

On this course, young people, parents, carers, teachers, and other professionals can learn helpful, practical techniques to cope with low mood and depression during the lockdown period and beyond. You’ll examine how to help young people structure their day and improve sleep and diet.

Find full information here.


Nine ways to promote positive youth mental health during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are adjusting to major changes in the way we go about our daily lives. For some young people, the disruption may be particularly challenging, as their usually active and social lives go quiet in lockdown.

Although we currently don’t know the full impact of the pandemic on mental health, we do know young people are particularly vulnerable to developing mental health problems. 

If you live with a young person struggling to navigate feelings of low mood or depression during the coronavirus pandemic, read these nine practical steps you can take to help written by psychologists at the University of Reading.

Find full information here.