My name is Adam and I'm just like every other student that has gone to, or, is currently going to Churchill Community College. With the power of Churchill behind me and my dedication to do what I believe in, I am now a student at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in California. 

Hopefully your son/daughter got to take part in the Young Americans Workshop this March because I can vouch for every single participant that it was the best experience that I and they would have felt in their lives! I started at Churchill in 2006 and left in 2011 after completing my full term there as a High School Student. I had always been a dancer from a young age and with Churchill this really started to show! With other students from all years of the school we created the College dance group where we went from strength to strength to eventually becoming regional Street Dance champions for the North East! Without the support from Churchill we would not have got there!

In 2010 I was introduced to the Young Americans when they first came to Churchill to do a workshop. I’d never done anything like this before so I did not know what to expect at all! The minute that I met the Young Americans I knew right then that this is something that I would love to do for the rest of my life, give others around the world the confidence and experience that everyone should have and most of all give them the message that "if they believe it, they can be whatever they want to be". This message has stuck with me ever since 2010 and it has led me to where I am today! In 2011 the Young Americans returned and just the words 'Young Americans' started a buzz around the school and this time the final show was to be performed at Newcastle City Hall on the same stage where many famous people have performed! It was a fantastic opportunity! This is when I started my audition process with the Young Americans by collecting all the material I needed to start my Journey! From there I left Churchill with a task, a task to become A Young American! 

When I found out that Churchill were taking part in the first and biggest arena workshop the young Americans had ever done I knew this would be the key to my entry into the Young Americans! I contacted Churchill and they were very keen for me to take part! Throughout the show I was attached to Churchill but I was also given different parts by The Young Americans as they knew I was auditioning to be 'A New Kid'! Throughout the workshop I got a chance to meet some of the cast and directors who gave me advice on my audition, and then finally I auditioned with them! When I got the news that I was successful in joining the Young Americans I was speechless because I had worked so hard for my place and I couldn't believe that I was finally a Young American! The next step is for me to fly out to California in August 2013 to start my whole new venture in life as a Young American! 

If it wasn't the fact that I was a student at Churchill Community College where I was introduced to the Young Americans I would have never have got to where I am now! Churchill believed in me and gave me all the support I needed. All I can do is offer my greatest gratitude to the Staff of Churchill for making me into the person I am today and for creating the opportunities for where I’m going to! 

My advice for anyone in Churchill who refuses to set their aspirations high is this, "You don't realise how much support from Churchill there is until you want to dream big! It’s those big dreams and aspirations that allow you to prove to everyone and most importantly to yourself exactly what your self-belief and determination can lead you to do in life, I know that I wouldn't have been successful if it wasn't for Churchill, so take every opportunity that they give you because they truly believe that every single student is capable of very big things in life!"  
Adam Culyer