ThinkForward (UK)

Coaching from school into work

ThinkForward will coach some of the most disadvantaged young people in London during their transition from school into work. Through a five year programme of one-to-one coaching and employability activities young people will become ready for work and transition into sustained employment at age 18.

history Campaign has now closed

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 (1152862)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£60,000

Donations

26

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúI was on my way to getting kicked out of school. My coach has helped me understand myself and that there are so many opportunities out there. He has had an amazing impact on my life.‚Äù

    — Sanim, Year 11

  • I found my subjects hard and stopped going to school. I got angry all the time and looked for conflict. Before I met my coach, I used to think 'I'm going to fail, I'm not going to amount to anything.' Now I know that I can do well. I am more open and confident and I passed my GCSEs. Life is better.

    — Sareena

  • “I was on my way to getting kicked out of school. My coach has helped me understand myself and that there are so many opportunities out there. He has had an amazing impact on my life.”

    — Sanim, Year 11

  • I found my subjects hard and stopped going to school. I got angry all the time and looked for conflict. Before I met my coach, I used to think 'I'm going to fail, I'm not going to amount to anything.' Now I know that I can do well. I am more open and confident and I passed my GCSEs. Life is better.

    — Sareena

Situation

ThinkForward is working to prevent the next generation of youth unemployment. In London we work in Islington and Tower Hamlets to ensure the young people most likely to drop out of school are instead able to enter employment or further education. ThinkForward was founded following research which highlighted a shortage in early intervention, long-term support for young people as they make this transition. In the UK last year 794,000 young people between 16-24 were not in education or employment.

Solution

ThinkForward will provide 300 of the most disengaged young people in London with a dedicated coach. Through long-term one-to-one coaching, group work and activities with employers, such as skills workshops and mentoring, young people are empowered to build aspirations and develop key life skills. Coaches support young people in and out of school and provide holistic support around any barriers they may have to enable them to progress into further education or employment.