Grit: breakthrough programmes

East London Community Transformation Programme

An innovative & much needed 'Grit' project for young people in East London experiencing disadvantage or in challenging circumstances. An exciting cross-sector consortium, including local businesses & colleges, will mobilise 1,000 aspirational adults to support 500 young people to change their lives

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1041855)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£32,882

Donations

91

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúRather than seeking to punish their most destructive and alienated young people, we offer them a genuine opportunity to change their lives and re-integrate back into the community‚Äù

    — The West Belfast, Youth at Risk Pilot Programme Transforming Lives Report, University of Oxford, August 1999.

  • "The programme gave me the opportunity to tell my truth which is something I was so afraid to do for so long; I hadn‚Äôt told anyone any of the things that I had told the people on the programme and I‚Äôm happy that I did."

    — Young person from Grit's London Youth Congress Community Transformation Programme, 2017-18

  • ‚ÄúI seriously cannot express how much I owe [Grit]. They literally did save my life and I am forever grateful for all the hard work they put into making me the person I could have easily pushed to the side forever.

    — Charlotte, young person, Southend-on-Sea (Essex)

  • “Rather than seeking to punish their most destructive and alienated young people, we offer them a genuine opportunity to change their lives and re-integrate back into the community”

    — The West Belfast, Youth at Risk Pilot Programme Transforming Lives Report, University of Oxford, August 1999.

  • "The programme gave me the opportunity to tell my truth which is something I was so afraid to do for so long; I hadn’t told anyone any of the things that I had told the people on the programme and I’m happy that I did."

    — Young person from Grit's London Youth Congress Community Transformation Programme, 2017-18

  • “I seriously cannot express how much I owe [Grit]. They literally did save my life and I am forever grateful for all the hard work they put into making me the person I could have easily pushed to the side forever.

    — Charlotte, young person, Southend-on-Sea (Essex)

Situation

We’ve spoken to 103 young people across East London since June 2016, getting to grips with what’s going on for them. They’ve described complex issues, fragmented families and difficult home-lives. They want things to be different but can’t see a way out of their current situation, lifestyle or habits. And, we’ve heard from staff in sixth form colleges in the area that young people’s aspirations and motivation are at an all-time low, with around a third of students dropping out completely.

Solution

The 3-year project will focus on tackling the mind-sets and attitudes at the heart of young people’s challenges, through proven ‘tough love’ group personal development workshops. We will support young people to realise their talents, developing their self-belief and the resilience needed to take control of their lives. Ongoing coaching support from trained community volunteers and local work placements will create the opportunity for long-term, sustainable life changes.