Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


After many years of experience of directly delivering youth programmes in the most deprived communities the North of England, our intention is to significantly expand the reach and impact of our project by sharing our learning and equipping young leaders (aged 16 to 25) with the skills to deliver ethical enterprise learning and embed entrepreneurialism in community projects. We are seeking £14,129 to put local people in the lead by training 40 young people in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to set up their own youth-led enterprise projects.

Our approach is informal and practical; and for 6 years, our Not Just a Youth Enterprise programme has raised participation, aspirations and supported more than 700 young people to become work ready, enterprising and able to achieve their full potential.
We will support young people to develop the skills and knowledge to deliver our “Not Just a Youth Enterprise’ programme in their communities with a focus on leading and working with groups of young people. Some of the young people will be previous participants of our Not Just a Youth Enterprise projects. Previous projects have involved a variety of enterprise projects including a youth cafe, developing own label brands of tea, coffee and chocolate, t-shirt design, events management and a theater in education project where young people developed plays to educate school children about social issues.

The training will include a mixture of workshop style training, access to webinars, one-to-one guidance and mentoring. The workshops will take place in Manchester, Bolton, Leeds, Doncaster and Sheffield.

We will incorporate the ASDAN Certificate in Enterprise to help these young facilitators to add structure to some of their sessions. This will give many of the participants their first experience of assessing training materials/portfolios.

By using this approach, we will expand the reach and impact on a much wider scale than attempting to deliver our programmes ourselves. This is a more sustainable approach and will empower communities to utilise our knowledge and support and apply this learning to their own particular localities and circumstances. We take a grassroots approach to learning and the choice of enterprise is always the decision of the groups themselves. Unlike many other programmes, this is not a top down approach to learning life and business skills for those who become involved.

The beneficiaries will be:
• Young leaders will be given training/support to enable them to lead a youth enterprise programme with their peers in their local communities.
• Families of the young leaders. The families will clearly benefit as their young person will be more engaged, happier, more skilled and be exposed to more life chances.
• Young people will ultimately benefit by being participants in enterprise programme initiated after the training has taken place.
• Local stakeholders including youth workers, community workers, volunteers, tutors, sports coaches, local residents and local educators.

The training will be delivered in each location over 5 consecutive days and will increase participants:
Understanding of enterprise
Ability to identify how enterprise can benefit young people & the wider community
Employability and life skills resulting in better life chances
Understanding of enterprise in a global sense.
How to implement enterprise learning into their programmes.
How to use the tools and resources developed over the years and available for use by all.

The maximum number of participants per course is 8 people. One of the 5 days will be allocated to 1:1 meetings with participants to agree their action plans.

We have seen what an impact this project can have on the lives of young people and are passionate about reaching as many young people as possible to help them to improve their life chances, their self-esteem & confidence, their employment prospects and raise their aspirations.

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The Lorna Young Foundation

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We have remained true to our values and are completely and genuinely committed to the belief that disadvantaged people can and want to succeed. This project has changed lives, led to employment, has created a new generation of 'ethical' entrepreneurs and has fostered greater community harmony.

Location: Yorkshire and Greater Manchester