Giammarco Di Gregorio (he/him)Student, Durham University
- Durham University
- United Kingdom
About Giammarco Di Gregorio (he/him)
I think that happiness is about being committed to something that helps and supports others, and this is why I am so fascinated by research and leadership. They give us the opportunity and responsibility to support and protect our people, especially the most vulnerable. I began my journey in children's homes back in Rome, in Italy. Since then I have been volunteering with children and young people trying to facilitate resilience and recovery from early adversities as my main focus point. My Laidlaw Scholarship research project is all about the effect of alternative care on academic motivation, and along the way I founded two volunteering organisations: Learn With Us Summer Camp, and Towards My Future. If you have any questions about my projects, if you think that your endeavours and mine somehow overlap, or if you just want to chat, please drop me a message! :)
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Giammarco, thank you for this uplifting and moving reflection ! ✨ It has been a pleasure watching Learn With Us thrive last year - such an inspirational case of having a strong vision with a worthy cause and bringing others with you to create impact. Particularly fantastic how you made use of the Network and the Laidlaw community. Your steadfastness, dedication, and resilience are truly incredible.
Are you planning to continue Learn With Us this summer? Any other exciting plans perhaps? :)
Nikol, thank you so much for your really kind words. Uplifting and moving are certainly among the best comments I could have ever hoped for. The Scholars Network has been quite crucial, such a precious platform. I would have never managed to find so many incredible people without it.
Learn With Us Summer Camp 2021 is coming up soon!! Our brilliant Director, Jude Hanlon, is leading the new team. We are in the process of recruiting the last two Virtual Mentors (applications are still open for those interested), whilst the creative process has already started for the three mentors already recruited. The Video Editor team is working on the new introductory video clips. This year the clips will be fully cartoon animated, with a completely new format! We will be realising them soon; stay tuned! Our Publicity Officers are regularly publishing on our social media exciting activities to do over the weekend while waiting for the summer. Such a wonderful team!!
Other exciting plans? YES! :) More coming soon! Can't wait to tell you more!
Congratulations Giammarco! Not just for having achieved so much with the amazing Learn With Us Summer Camp but for developing and demonstrating your leadership skills and the Laidlaw Scholars values so brilliantly. I hear leaders asked all the time how to define leadership or what it means to be brave, and I think your realisation that confidence is about changing your relationship with fear is so spot-on and beautifully articulated, as is your insight that "leadership is about being brave and embracing the inevitable challenges of our ambitions." Thank you so much for sharing your story and your learnings; and thanks to everyone who worked with you to do so much to help the LST pupils this summer. I can't wait to hear what you do next.
Susanna, thank you so much for always offering your gratitude and empathetic encouragement. It really means a lot to me. It's been such a great pleasure working at the summer camp. Summer 2020 has been a very transformative one, in all senses of the word! Everyone onboard has worked so hard. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. It really reminds me that there is so much good out there, we just need to put it all together and the magic happens by itself. I can't wait to tell you more about what's next.
G!! This is a perfect, articulate, inspiring, and beautiful account of your journey with Learn With Us so far. What a wonderful thing you have created. It has been a genuine pleasure working, learning, and being led by you this past year 🌈 Well done!
Jude, thanks so much! You words really make me happy. Working with our team and with you has been the best part of my journey! I have learned so much from you all! 🌈
This is fantastic - congratulations Giammarco, welcome Doria. I am so impressed with your passion, creativity and high impact. I hope many others will join you - such a great initiative. You must be really proud of yourselves. I couldn't be more thrilled that you are forging such an amazing link between two Laidlaw Foundation programmes. Thank you!
I couldn’t be more honoured.
Thank you so much for your kind words and empathetic encouragement Susanna.
This means a lot to me.
I need to thank the members of the staff from the two Laidlaw Foundation programmes that have been helping me so extensively during the last few weeks. I want to thank them for their priceless support and guidance, the endless conversations and teaching. Thank you!
Ciao Giammarco, this is such a good initiative, well done!
Although I won't have enough time to commit to this initiative, I am very happy to help you in some capacity. If you need a 'sounding board' to discuss ideas with, feel free to reach out :)
Ciao Lorenzo, thanks so much for reaching out and considering to help. It would be wonderful having you on board to discuss ideas together. I will be sending you an email shortly :)