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Weʼre raising £2,000 to help run a unique summer programme for refugee young people.

London, UK
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Help Tania Khojasteh raise 2k on behalf of Springboard Youth Academy.

Springboard Youth Academy is back!

After completing a successful pilot programme in the summer of 2017, Springboard Youth Academy is preparing to welcome another group of refugee and asylum seeking young people into our 4-week innovative and exciting summer programme.

Why is Springboard needed

Young refugees who have made the difficult journey to the UK are saddled with many challenges as they settle in a new, unfamiliar country and begin to rebuild their lives.

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.

How we bridge the gap for youth

We have designed an innovative and exciting summer programme for young asylum-seekers and refugees aged 13-18 who have recently arrived in the UK. Based in London, Springboard Youth Academy offers a holistic and creative space for these young people to:

How we bridge the gap for youth

We have designed an innovative and exciting summer programme for young asylum-seekers and refugees ages 13-18 who have recently arrived in the UK. Based in London, our holistic and creative space helps young people to:

**LEARN ENGLISH** through a creative language programme that fuses the best of storytelling techniques, dramatic arts exercises, and workshop-style teaching.

**RECEIVE COUNSELLING & 1-2-1 SUPPORT** improving mental health wellbeing, understanding and helping refugee youth prepare for School in September.

**LEARN LIFE SKILLS THROUGH WORKSHOPS** from settling into life in the UK, from how to recycle and navigate transport to understanding their legal rights.

**ACCESS A SOCIAL & WELCOMING SPACE** where they can meet others with similar experiences, enjoy field trips and daily sports activities, and build teamwork skills, confidence and community.

Our impact last year

We found that the young people who attended our 2017 pilot:

>> improved their English proficiency and gained understanding of various British systems (accessing support, registering for college, etc.)

>> made meaningful and lasting social connections, beginning to build a community

>> were given the tools to begin managing their mental health, many accessing mental health support for the first time.

I am going to College in September and it has been very good to speak English every day. Before I came here I didn’t get a chance. I feel I will learn better at College because of this.” Omar* 2017 participant

I have no one to talk to and counselling helps me talk and relieve my worries.” Leila* 2017 participant

How you can help

We’re excited to already have backing from the Newman Catholic College, Uber Tutors, Afghan Association Paiwand and Phosphorous Theatre. These wonderful partners are generously giving us venue hire and partial staff time in kind.

**But as a new project in its second year, we'll still need some extra help along the way to cover all costs.**

We’re asking backers like you to please pitch in and help us enrol as many as 30 young people at Springboard this summer. We’ll be so grateful for anything you can give. Every contribution matters:

Visit our website to learn more!

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    • jenny, Beth and Jack

      jenny, Beth and Jack

      May 12, 2018

      Fantastic Project. Good Luck Tania.

    • Madelyn Sargeant

      Madelyn Sargeant

      May 9, 2018

      Dear Tania, Good luck on your endevours to help the young refugees entering the UK. It is a very worthy cause and I wish you much success. Best,Madelyn Sargeant


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    Tania Khojasteh

    Tania Khojasteh

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    Founder of Uber Tutors UK. Springboard Youth Academy is our community venture that helps bridge the gap left behind by mainstream schools and social services for refugee youth ages 13-18. We provide English language training, life skills and mental health support.

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