Grit: breakthrough programmes

Grit: breakthrough programmes

Charity information

Grit: breakthrough programmes

Grit (formerly known as Youth at Risk) have been working for over 25 years with young people experiencing disadvantage and living in challenging circumstances, along with the professionals and volunteers who work with them, in communities, schools, universities, prisons, and local authorities. We have worked with over 18,000 young people and 20,000 adults across the UK.

Founded 1992

  • Mission statement

    We believe that when you change your thinking, you can change your world. And our programmes are designed to do just that. We work with young people and the adults that support them, to change the way they think so that they can radically alter their outcomes in life.

    Time and again, we have seen that our unique combination of intense personal development and coaching allows people to increase their sense of agency (the feeling that they have ownership of their lives); their self-esteem to express and share who they are; their relatedness (the degree to which they feel connected and supported); and, the possibility they see for their future.

    These attitudinal and mind-set changes lead to significant and long-lasting behavioural changes that transform their life trajectory: 65% of young people on our programmes re-engage with education or start work; 94% increase their aspirations for their future; and, 66% increase their attainment levels.

  • Aims

    Grit: breakthrough programmes aims to:

    • Support young people and adults uncover the mind-sets, attitudes and beliefs that get in the way of them being successful in life.
    • Support young people and adults build self-esteem, aspiration and resilience, such that they have an internal drive to create exciting futures and fulfill their potential
    • Galvanise communities to support the most isolated young people in their area, equipping volunteers and community stakeholders with practical coaching strategies to use with young people
  • Overview

    Established: May 1992

    Registered Charity Number: 1041855

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 12

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 600

    Phone number: 01763 241120

    Address: Grit, The Old Warehouse, 31 Upper King Street, Royston SG8 9AZ

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