The grants are awarded to Future Leaders to support community impact and personal development goals for which funding would not typically be available through other means. The grant of up to $5,000 per successful applicant will assist students who are keen to engage in a range of leadership activities and pursuits beyond the mainstream, but lack the funding to do so. Some examples include launching a social media campaign on girl’s empowerment, or obtaining a certification in digital video production to further a goal of community advocacy.
Ryan Robinson Perinchief, a former Conyers summer law student and current Rhodes Scholar, created the Future Leaders Programme in 2017 to empower youth and grow their leadership skills. Since its inception, 72 middle- and high school-aged students have completed the Future Leaders Programme. At the end of the summer course, newly minted Future Leaders have access to meaningful opportunities such as mentorship and funding.
“Conyers has supported our vision from the beginning,” says Ryan. “The existence of this fund further demonstrates to youth that anything is possible if we adopt the right mindset and take charge over our future.”
The Conyers ‘Future Leader’ Development Grants Fund is part of a comprehensive set of student awards and programmes dedicated to development and growth. The fund is an example of how the firm provides support to youth beyond the traditional educational setting.
“We are passionate about empowering young Bermudians from all backgrounds to make a positive and impactful difference in the community,” says Conyers Director Sophia Greaves. “We are delighted to be part of this initiative.”
In addition to this fund, Conyers offers Legal Education Awards and work placement opportunities through its Summer Law and Pupillage programmes and ‘Gap Year’ internship. We also recently launched the Smart Start programme, which aims to provide a combination of work experience and mentoring to high school students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to access a legal career. Other initiatives include our ongoing networking and open house events where students can explore a career path in law.
Future Leaders Bermuda is now accepting grant applications. Upcoming deadlines are 15 May and 15 November 2022. Applicants must be:
For more information, please visit: www.futureleaders.bm/conyersgrants.