Weʼre raising £750 to help Springboard run their summer programme for refugee young people
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Young people who have made the difficult journey to the UK are saddled with many challenges common to starting a life somewhere new.
These young people face barriers to progression - most notably within the education system here in the U.K. They aren't typically provided with the support they need to comfortably learn, much less succeed.
They are also required to enrol in school immediately, often with little to no English language skills or support to prepare them for this experience. This is made worse by recent budget cuts to UK schools that have slashed funding for tailored classroom assistance.
We know that education is a key stepping stone to unlocking future opportunities. But without the language skills needed to learn and do well, young people are not set up to succeed in their new circumstances, or to reach their fullest potential.
This is where Springboard Youth Academy comes in: they bridge the gap to provide the necessary support that is lacking in the mainstream school system.
Having worked as a Programme Facilitator for Springboard last summer, I can vouch for how utterly necessary their platform is. Springboard operates three key features:
Experiential Learning: Workshop-style teaching to rehearse for life (incorporating drama and arts).
Life Skills: From navigating TfL, to sexual health literacy, to understanding their legal rights
Holistic Support: In the form of counselling to improve their mental health, legal advocacy to help them access services, mentoring, and sports/field trips.
The lack of universal, comprehensive provision and support for newly arrived young people in the U.K. is a massive gap, that desperately needs to be filled. By donating, you'll be helping to provide a space which is not only welcoming, but vital for these young people - to engage with others, make friends, progress, and reach their full potential.
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