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Jasmine Allton in Year 13 was invited to speak at the Empowering 1 Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020) global summit in the US, which celebrates and supports women in their vision to create an impact around the world and give everyone the opportunity to elevate to their fullest potential. Jasmine was invited to share her story as a young woman growing up in an urban community, having lost her mother at a young age.

Jasmine writes:

Being invited to speak at EBW2020 was such an honour. It is an experience I will never forget and always be grateful for. I have wanted to share my story for many years but never pictured the opportunity arising whilst I am still this young. Creating an inspirational speech was crucial to me and challenging, with my speech focused on the death of my mother and my mental and physical health issues, it was important to me to not create a pity story but an encouraging story of how my personal hardships have enabled me to grow into the person I am today. I am very keen to help people and inspire others who may be going through similar adversities. It was also inspiring for me to be surrounded by so many women from different walks of life, and listen to their stories and learn from them.
My advice for any person of any age would be that, as hard as it may be to accept the past, what is done we can
never change, so there is no point of dwelling on the past.  Instead, accept it for what it is, move on and take every
situation you go through as an opportunity for you to grow through.