OUR WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

The Advantage 7 Skills for the Future Workshop for Young People

WHO WE ARE

We work with schools, charities, youth offending teams and pupil referral units to increase the chances of young people by; improving educational standards and giving them 21st century life skills . Especially those in environments and situations that need them the most.

What are 21st Century life skills?

These are the skills young people really need to cope in today’s fast paced, high pressured world. They need to know how to be resilient and be able to bounce back easily from setbacks, think critically, creatively and fluidly, tap into adaptability to deal with change and be resourceful, be proactive and optimistic and interact with others with empathy and kindness.

WHAT WE DO

  • Run workshops with young people in need, to develop their 21st Century life skills.
  • Train teachers and youth workers so that they can deliver 21st Century life skills to young people in need.
  • Work with educational organisations to upskill teachers in new techniques and develop new exciting materials for their learners.

What the young people we work with say…

“I felt more positive about everything afterwards” A, Newham Youth offending Team (talking about our work developing positivity and optimism skills)

“I feel like I can do more than before” E Affinity Sutton Housing Association. (talking about our work on comfort zones and adaptability)

“I understand myself and things around me more” (talking about problem solving)

For more information contact: Rhianfowler@the-advantage.info

The Advantage for Young people is supported by Unimenta but has  separate finance and personal…

What others say...

  • Affinity Sutton worked with Unimenta on the Advantage 7 Skills for the Future programme, aimed at helping residents with significant barriers into work. The programme was very structured and provided the foundation needed to help residents change their outlook on life; challenged their negative perceptions and allowed them to step out of their world and take a birds eye view of their situation.” Zaid Al-Sayyah – Employment and Training Manager

  • “The activities were useful especially for adaptability and critical thinking as it helped develop ideas of new ways to see things. I will try to apply the skills learned to my life.” Participant

  • “I have learnt to be more proactive, I am mor likely to apply most of the ideas on a day to day basis. I would definitely recommend this training to a friend because it has inspired me in a positive way.” Participant

  • “It is good for those who now have lost confidence to do things or low self esteem - good to achieve optimum wellbeing and encouragement. It is recomendable for those being people out of work for a long period to help give confidence to get back into work.” Participant

  • “In two days this workshop has really changed the way I look at everything! I can’t even imagine what I will learn by the third day.” Susan, Participant

  • “It really makes you think about things, sometimes you get stuck in a rut and its really hard to get out.” Chris, Participant

  • "When talking about moving trying new things and new experiences in order to break patterns and make progress one participant spoke about “That funny feeling you get” to refer to the feeling of nervousness we experience when we are out of our comfort zone and said that they understood the power of saying “yes” to push through that feeling." Alfie.

  • “I’m really going to re think what I want to do next.” Georgina

Our Success Stories…

AFFINITY SUTTON HOUSING ASSOIATION
AFFINITY SUTTON HOUSING ASSOIATION

Between 2014 and 2016 we worked with this housing association’s most vulnerable residents supporting them with The Advantage to help them back into employment. The Advantage was run on a bi-monthly basis and included a third day where the focus was on helping participants work towards an ASDAN short-course in leadership. This partnership also led to us being able to deliver a funded pilot to young offenders in Elstree and Borehamwood.

“In two days this workshop has really changed the way I look at everything! I can’t even imagine what I will learn by the third day”

BOREHAMWOOD Youth Offending Team
BOREHAMWOOD Youth Offending Team

One of our very first pilot sessions was with the Borehamwood Youth Offending Team working with young people on a non-custodial order. These young people were not attending school and were completely disengaged with the education system. Attending these skills workshops gave them a completely different experience of working in a group and learning about themselves.

“I feel I can make some positive changes in my life after working with Rhian and the team” – young offender Borehamwood

NEWHAM YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM
NEWHAM YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM

Newham is one of the most deprived areas in London. We are working with Newham Youth Offending Team to create programmes of change that inspire and motivate young offenders to make meaningful changes and positive decisions going forward,

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Newham Youth Offending Team

Throughout 2018 and 2019 we have been working with young people at Newham Youth Offending Team to develop their skills in resilience, empathy and adaptability. We have recognised the emerging need to work with younger age groups too (14 – 16 year olds) and have modified the workshop accordingly to support this process and especially with making sense of some of these skills. 96% of young people at Newham completed the short leadership course with ASDAN aligned to our workshops.

Wandsworth Pupil Referral Unit

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