We put over half a million pounds back into support and services that benefit young people – including the provision of education materials, enrichment activities, financial support and educational support.
Since May 2014 Cultural Capital has been working in partnership with Prospects to deliver the European Social Fund funded Youth Contract. The programme is designed to offer targeted support to young people 16 or 17 deemed vulnerable and hard to reach, and support them to engage into sustainable means of education and training. Once engaged, we continue to support them for a further 6 months.
Young people eligible for the programme included:
- those with 1 or less GCSE’s A to C grade
- young people in care
- young people working with youth offending teams
Although the contractual obligations of the contact provided an adequate level of support for young people, we thought we could do a lot more.
- We extended our support beyond the contractual obligations of six months initially, to an entire academic year, with view to it continuing for an additional academic year if necessary.
- We added a financial bursary of up to £250 for each young person engaged on the programme.
The young people we work with are linked to a designated, trained mentor who:
- Supports them on their path to education or training
- Helps them identify educational goals and career objectives, as well as potential barriers to learning
- Works with young people to develop a SMART (sustainable, measurable, achievable and targeted) Young Person’s Plan, to support them over the entire academic year and beyond.
Mentors meet their young people for 1-1 mentoring sessions on a regular basis to review their progress and to provide additional support, information, advice and guidance if they need it.
Mentors activities included:
- CV workshops, interview skills and support in writing job applications
- academic support
- advocacy and mediation
- enrichment activities
Our ability to develop and co-ordinate strong relationships with young people, education and training providers and external organisations and services, has made our delivery of the Youth Contract a real success. It has enabled us to facilitate a comprehensive and holistic package of support that has the capacity to meet the varying, and sometimes complex, needs of the young people we work with.
Our results speak for themselves
Over the course of the programme, we engaged with over 1,100 young people and supported over 83% of them into sustainable means of education and training. We have become the largest and most successful organisation delivering the European Social Fund (ESF) funded Youth Contract in London.