Trulittle Creative Hero (7-11)

David Ogunlaja (Aged: 10 years)

David started learning code at the age of 5, using blocks and robot. He has developed lots of programs for websites, games and robot. During the COVID-19 lockdown David has selflessly given his time and effort to freely teach, coordinate and support hundreds of kids between the ages of 5-12 years old on how to write their own codes and solve coding challenges in Java Scripts and Python. He has diligently and consistently provided his support online to these children within the BAME communities internationally, in the UK, US, India, Canada and Africa.  

Consequently, these children have moved from having no coding knowledge to writing their own code and creating some mini games in JavaScripts and Python. David has inspired them to  confidently put up their solved and attempted coding  challenges up in the Youtube channel provided for  them on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEF2nkDWxwPElU8z1ftSLrg/videos and on http://codingforkidsbykids.com/. And this portfolio has continued to grow everyday organically with parents referring their friends and families’ kids and giving recommendation on Trustpilot https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/codingforkidsbykids.com.
Even with David’s preparation towards his 11+, he selflessly taught and encouraged the kids for over one and half hour twice weekly for the last six months for free. The class helps the kids to be collaborative and interactive during the lockout. He really enjoys it and continued to maintain the coding class as a long-term venture.
David's selfless attitude and great heart was demonstrated on the kids' graduation when it was said that the prizes for the coding projects submitted by the kid will not go round for the kids. David offered his pocket money so that other kids can get some prizes on the day of graduation for a course he offered for free

Joshua Ogunlaja (Aged: 8 years)

Joshua started learning code at the age of 4, using blocks and robot programming. At age 8. he has developed lots of programs for websites, games and robot. During the COVID-19 lockdown Joshua has selflessly given his time and effort to freely teach, coordinate and support hundreds of kids between the ages of 5-12 years old on how to write their own codes and solve coding challenges in Java Scripts and Python. He has diligently and consistently provided his support online to these children within the BAME communities internationally, in the UK, US, India, Canada and Africa.  

Consequently, these children have moved from having no coding knowledge to writing their own code and creating some mini games in JavaScripts and Python. Joshua has inspired them to  confidently put up their solved and attempted coding  challenges up in the Youtube channel provided for  them on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEF2nkDWxwPElU8z1ftSLrg/videosand on http://codingforkidsbykids.com/ And this portfolio has continued to grow everyday organically with parents referring their friends and families’ kids and giving recommendation on Trustpilot https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/codingforkidsbykids.com

Even with Joshua's academic work, he selflessly taught and encouraged the kids for over one and half hour twice weekly for the last six months for free. The class helps the kids to be collaborative and interactive during the lockout. He really enjoys it and continued to maintain the coding class as a long-term venture.
Joshua is an outstanding student at his school. He has received awards for as the best student in Mathematics and English at his school.

Dara Adewole (Aged: 11 years)

Dara is the 2019/2020 Head Girl of her School, and she has just written a book.  She is only  11 years old and already a published author.  Her new book is titled  "My 11+ journey - an 11+  Success Guide For Kids".    
Dara is an 11 year old social entrepreneur running two charities; Caregirl homeless charity to support homeless people in the UK and Caregirl school buddy, which supports underprivileged school children in Nigeria which she started at age 6 and 9 respectively.
Dara has  turned her gifts / passions into a busines.  She runs three businesses:-

  • Dara’s Boutique (making and selling homemade natural lip balm and candles, to fund her charity.),
  • Eden Original by Dara (which she started in 2019, selling homemade organic bath bombs and bath salts.)
  • And Dara’s Brain Academy (online tutoring for kids in Reception to year 5, which she started during COVID-19 lockdown.)
    What a star!!
Trulittle Creative Hero (12-17)

Rhoda, Ruth, Rachel and Rebecca Abel (Girlsparkles) (Aged: 8-14 years)

They are a group of four sisters (ages from 8-14 years) who are passionate about making positive impact in the lives of as many children they come in contact with. Girlsparkles started with the idea of learning a Nigerian language (Yoruba) in a fun way in 2015 with their first video on YouTube. Feedback from well-wishers spurred them into creating informative, educative and entertaining videos. The four of them are authors of 7 books collectively (available on Amazon) and these books have been partly sold and partly given freely to children around the world.  
Before COVID-19, they have been using their animation skills to create videos for brands and businesses. They have made over 100 videos in total and collaborated with over 30 brands. They have utilised the profit to buy better quality equipment for making more videos. They also have a yearly Christmas event of feeding the homeless on the streets on Christmas day. 
During the pandemic, they were moved to encourage children's mental wellbeing through various virtual engagements. They had animation classes for boys, girls and adults around the world in different sessions and the feedback received were encouraging. Over 100 participants enrolled and learnt new skills which are available on their YouTube channel. They raised funds through these animation sessions to financially support some organisations like NHS Children's Ward in Coventry, Dignified Youth Empowerment Nigeria and Kingdom Orphanage Togo. 
They collectively gave their time and effort to sustaining the sanity of children during the trying period through learning new skills and virtual afterschool club. Parents from all around the world keep asking for more of these activities from Girlsparkles for their children. They have utilised the benefits of technology in a positive way despite their schoolwork and homework. They have balanced their own personal work really well whilst also being helpful to other families who desperately needed their services during lockdown.
Girlsparkles believe that every child should be given the opportunity to excel,  fulfil their potential without fear or limitation due to race, age, gender or belief. They deserve recognition of their excellent team work, perseverance in the face of adversity and outstanding hard work as sisters.
FaceBook page: @GirlSparkles.Abel               Instagram:@girlsparkles_abel
YouTube Channel: GirlSparkles Abel              Website: girlsparkles.com
YouTube Channel: GirlSparkles Abel              Website: www.girlsparkles.com