Coming from a disadvantaged community means young people are far less likely to achieve good grades at school, they are almost twice as likely as better-off peers to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) a year after their GCSEs and more likely to be trapped in a cycle of poverty and disadvantage. ReachOut exists to change this.
What we do
ReachOut supports young people from disadvantaged communities by partnering with schools and providing young people with a 1-1 mentor, usually someone who lives or works within their community and can be a positive role-model, inspiration and support to them. ReachOut focuses on raising attainment, as well as developing character and confidence in order to improve outcomes for young people. Mentoring projects run for 20 weeks of the academic year and all sessions include Maths or English work and character activities, as well as a few sessions per year dedicated to accessing higher education, thinking about career opportunities and teaching practical skills. The aim is that the young people involved with ReachOut will go on to lead good, happy and successful lives despite what the statistics predict.
As well as seeing incredible success in the lives of the young people that ReachOut supports, this also has a great impact on the communities in which the projects run. Most mentors volunteering on our primary school projects tend to be either sixth form or university students. Volunteering provides them with useful skills, helps them to integrate into the community in which they live or work and is a great way for them to give back to their community.
What your support means
£1,000 will cover the cost of providing much needed support for 1 young person for a whole year on one of our primary school projects. Transitioning from primary school into secondary school is a particularly critical point in the lives of young people and additional intervention can make all the difference to their academic and social confidence, as well as their aspirations. Your support can make a huge difference in the life of one young person and the impact on them will resonate within their local communities.
“Mentoring at Reach Out has been an amazing experience from day one. Having wanted to do something good for my community whilst at university, Reach Out jumped out at me as an opportunity to real make a difference, whilst build my skills working with young people. Working with the children has been inspiring for me, and I believe the scheme really allows you to build good relationships with the mentees, helping them grow and develop. It’s rare to find a volunteering experience that can help you expand your skills, network and engage your passions, whilst being able to do real good in your community.” Fariba, Mentor
"My mentor has helped me get through things I would've never been able to get through alone. My mentor has helped me improve academically and mentally. I've been able to improve my staying power and get through rough times at school. My mentor Silvanah has been one of the best things that's been in my life. I don't know where I'd be without her. I love my mentor!" Aya, Mentee