Project information

Star Track Launchpad Programme

We provide a year-long programme for 16-24 year olds from less privileged backgrounds that helps them map and launch their optimal career. We do this by providing three innovative terms of training, networking opportunities and funded summer work placements.

September 2011 - August 2012

Charity information: Spark+Mettle

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  • Need


    Young people are not fulfilling their potential. Over a million young people are unemployed. There are over 130,000 unpaid internships each year. Only 4.9% of university applications come from people whose families are in routine occupations, even though 83% of the poorest 13 year olds want to go university. Young people spend 50 hours online per month, and 74% of that time is used 'just for fun'. On top of all this, the poorest families in the UK are half as likely to flourish as the wealthies


    We've developed an exciting way to support flourishing. We've created an innovative online training programme. We teach flourishing competencies explicitly to our young people, including resilience, self-esteem and vitality. We provide personalised higher ed and career support. We connect young people to professionals and organisations who can help them succeed. And we provide funded summer work placements as well as all sorts of other experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We help young people map and launch their optimal career


    » We provide an innovate online training scheme over three terms. It includes a 45 minute video session plus research and reflective activities.
    » We connect our young people with the people and organisations who can help them find a career that they will love.
    » We help our young people find engaging summer work placements, which we also fund (paid at least the Living Wage).
    » We offer our young people opportunities to develop and facilitate workshops in schools and elsewhere to share their learning with their peers.

    Success will be our young people having improved levels of 'flourishing' across at least 6 of the 9 dimensions, and developed their top 5 professional competencies.

  • Impact


    Increased awareness of proactive ways of improving well-being and flourishing, with a specific focus on pursuing engaging and rewarding careers. This includes learning to network and communicate with a wide range of people and opening up closed doors, making more careers accessible to the less privileged.

    We will demonstrate the success by tracking and communicating with our young people long after they graduate from our programme and sharing their journeys with the next cohorts.


    For anyone aged 16-18 on our project we have to be aware of Child Protection issues, especially when networking with professionals. We all have had CRB checks and can accompany these young people to their meetings.

    As it is a long term project, some of our young people may land a full-time job during our programme. We tailor our course to each individual so we feel able to support them even after they have secured a position, helping them develop the professional competencies they need.


    We offer termly written reports and we also document the journey through the programme using videos, blogs and a variety of other media that are available throughout the year. A final report of the year, with detailed tracking, research and evaluation will be provided by October 2012.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,690

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,080 CEO's salary Percentage of CEO's time on the project
      £4,470 Fixed costs Proportion of overheads of organisation inc Desk hire, telephone, internet, services (inc. CRM and w
      £6,500 Travel and expenses Costs for volunteers, participants and staff for travel, food, etc
      £3,000 Events Lunch parlays x 8
      £24,640 Programme coordinator Salary plus NI etc for full-time programme coordinator

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Forward Foundation £34,971 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in Brighton but have a desk space in London. As much of our work is done online we operate remotely on a national level.


    Young people aged 18 - 24 from less privileged backgrounds. Over 60% of our young people were entitled to Free School Meals. We actively recruit young people from minority backgrounds. We also actively recruit young people who were/are NOT on Gifted & Talented or SEN programmes in school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a strong and diverse team who bring a fresh approach to the issues of well-being, employment and social mobility in the UK. We have developed an innovative programme that can co-exist with whatever else the young person is doing over the course of ten months, which is tailored to their needs and in large part co-created by them. We also partner and collaborate with other organisations: we don't seek to reinvent the wheel, but to augment all the great support that exists out there.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Eugenie Teasley

    Founder and CEO

    Camilla Buttery

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Pedram Parasmand

    Founding Trustee

    All Our Co-Creators

    The young people on the Star Track programme. Their input is what will make it successful and meaningful.

The impact so far


covers a full term's personalised training

I just wish [others] believed in me as much as you do.

Arfah Farooq