This year a wide range of local organisations are engaged in delivering 200 ‘community-apprenticeships’ for young people across our city.
Together they’re helping us ensure that young people develop the skills they need to make a success of their own lives through a practical learning experience which also helps them to develop into tomorrow’s community leaders and change makers.
Firstly, there are our ten school partners who are providing us with the physical space necessary to run our programme. As places are becoming increasingly over-subscribed, they are also helping us to identify those individuals who are most likely to benefit from the experience. We have many more schools who want to work with us next year, but first we need to secure the resources to enable this to happen.
Then there's the enlightened companies who want to support schools to provide an educational experience relevant to the modern workplace. As well as providing us with much needed funds, our corporate partners are providing volunteers who act as coaches at key points in the programme, helping young people to reflect on their experiences and recognise the value of the skills and qualities they are developing to the workplace.
We also provide a hub for other charities and community groups who want to educate young people about their issues such as global food systems, recycling, bullying, racism, healthy living and community regeneration. These partners are instrumental in bringing issues to life, giving projects purpose and inspiring our young people in their quests to make an impact. Because we develop young people’s confidence to speak out, we also love working with other organisations who are keen to access their views.
We are particularly grateful to our fantastic community volunteers, our team mentors, each of whom is responsible for a specific group of young people and give them face to face support on a weekly basis throughout term time. These volunteers come from a range of backgrounds from students to housewives with their own teenage children, but all share a passion for enabling young people to succeed.
We are also immensely grateful to the trusts and foundations who are supporting our work here in Bristol, including the Freemason's Charitable Trust, St. James's Place Foundation, theTudor Trust and the Elizabeth and Prince Zaiger Trust.