SHE LEADS: A Real World Readiness Programme

SHE LEADS: A Real World Readiness Programme is a week of guided workshops, inspiring speakers and personal reflection. This ground-breaking public/private partnership is offered to students from BHS, The Berkeley Institute and Cedarbridge Academy in their penultimate year of high school through sponsorship from HSBC.

Now accepting applications for the 2021 Programme

The She Leads programme is available to young women who have just completed their penultimate year of high school at Cedarbridge Academy (S3), The Berkeley Institute (S3) or BHS (IB1). The week-long programme will run from July 5th – 9th, 2021.

Applicants must demonstrate why they want to take part in this programme in any format that is meaningful to them – with a piece of art, music, a poem, letter, infographic – whatever inspires them. Large files such as videos must be sent from a file-sharing platform such as WeTransfer or YouTube. Selected participants will be notified in early June.

Please submit applications and any questions to by May 21st. 







This week-long programme teaches the girls tools, frameworks and mindsets necessary for them to take ownership of their education, employment and beyond. HSBC’s Community Investment Manager, Clesia Pachai, shared,

Both HSBC Group and HSBC Bermuda have provided funding to ensure the successful execution of this programme.  The She Leads Programme is a good example of HSBC’s strategic investment to support charities which focus on the bank’s ‘Future Skills’ pillar offering programmes around ‘employability’ and ‘financial capabilities’ to our community.  These initiatives, aim to empower and equip members of our community to secure employment and manage their monies effectively, starting with our young people.

The exclusive programme curriculum was developed by BHS alumna, Christie Hunter Arscott '11, who is a strategic advisor on gender issues. It was specifically tailored to how girls learn and provided a safe place for the girls to take risks and build their confidence and skill sets. Christie noted, “It has been amazing to watch the transformation of these young women, even within this short programme. So many of them have come out of their shells, conquered fears, tackled self-doubt head on and made meaningful connections with other young women from across the schools.” 


To learn more about the programme scheduled for July 2021, please contact

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