Our programmes help young people to reach their potential in work and in life, by building the skills, knowledge and confidence to better understand the pathways to apprenticeships, higher education and better jobs. As a result, they’re more able to reach their potential in work and in life.
There is no grand claim: we know they work. They are influenced by tried and tested youth work approaches in the UK and US, such as the Brathay Trust in the Lake District and the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York. We carry out rigorous research and evaluation with the University of Bristol, testing and adapting each programme to understand what works and how we can be most effective.
Our model of working is based on long-term work with communities which we know has the most powerful impact. Our activities last throughout the year, sometimes for several years. Some of the young people on current programmes have been working with us for five years, beginning in year 8 and now at a FE college or sixth form.
Improved presentation, speaking and listening skills
New or better developed life skills (collaboration, risk-taking, dealing with failure, stepping into new and unknown experiences, taking responsibility)
Wider experience of the world including work and post-16 education
Improved confidence results in boosted self-belief
Strengthened optimism and determination results in improved resilience
Informed decisions about their futures and wider experience of the world
Increased cultural and social capital results in knowledge, behaviour and skills to ensure that our young people make the right decisions for their futures