We’re a catalyst when it comes to changing young people’s lives, and we recently held an event to showcase why. Held at the end of February 2020, our event showcased the project’s successes so far and the provision we, alongside our delivery partners, can offer young adults. We help young individuals reroute their future by providing them with new pathways that help them unlock their full potential. By doing this, we’re helping these individuals choose a new route to go down, one they perhaps did not know was an option before.
The event was a huge success, welcoming over 80 delegates from various organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire. It provided all those in attendance with information about what the YES Project does to support young adults in the local community, and offered a marketplace whereby delegates could speak directly to the projects delivery partners; Bangladesh Youth & Cultural Shomiti, Highfields Community Association, Leicestershire Cares, Soft Touch Arts, The Bridge and The Prince’s Trust.
To begin the programme, YES Project Data and Impact Analyst, Nancy Freeman, took delegates through the project’s performance statistics, from the project’s inception in 2016 to the end of 2019. Over this time period, the project has supported 540 young adults in total, with 160 of these finishing the project with a job, 105 moving into education or training, and a further 83 moving into formal job search.
Throughout the course of the programme, each delivery partner detailed their provision and what support they can provide the young adults that are part of the YES Project. Both Soft Touch Arts and The Prince’s Trust were accompanied by participants that had accessed their services, and they explained to the audience the incredible impact the project had on their lives. This was further supported by the marketplace; an area where delegates could speak to each delivery partner on a one-to-one basis.
Howard Cordingley, a delegate attending on behalf of Serco, said:
“I’m quite impressed and touched by some of the stories of the younger participants and the successes stories of the project as well, it’s been quite touching really. I found it very informative as well.”
We also used the event as an opportunity to introduce our latest delivery partner, Highfields Community Association (HCA). HCA, together with LEAP Studios, are now offering an eight week multimedia programme where participants can take part in both practical activities and theory based learning sessions. Training sessions include, but are not limited to, media production, video recording, video editing, camera operating techniques, sound engineering and music editing. Participants will also cover social media marketing/advertising too. The aim of this programme is to encourage and engage with those participants interested in media as a career or hobby, and show the breadth of the topic.
One clear message that came from the event is just how well the partnership of organisations works, and how together, we really are changing the lives of young adults within the local community.