Project information

The Hebe Foundation

The Junior Apprentice - is a Business & Leadership project to find the best Junior Apprentice. Across London boroughs young people aged 14 - 19yrs will battle it out over a series of team challenges (incl Product Branding, Social Action, Business Enterprise,) that will develop,teach and inspire.

July 2012 - January 2015

Charity information: The Hebe Foundation (south London)

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  • Need


    There are 4 problems we are addressing:
    1) The all time record high for youth unemployment in the UK today
    2) The reported lack of essential social & communication skills needed in young people to operate within a work environment
    3) The mentality of some young people who feel the only way to succeed in life is through illegal means
    4) Tackling negative stigma the youth have adopted from problems such as gang culture & more recently the 2011 riots, which are psychologically holding them back


    This project gives support to young people in terms of employment & further education. We believe that if we can get young people excited about working from a young age, they will be more likely to pursue a career true to their gifting and be motivated by the love of what they do instead of how much they can earn. We provide transferable leadership, team building, business, communication skills and mentorship & support; all in a fun & positive environment. Building self confidence is paramount .

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver & teach transferable soft skills to the young people


    » Interactive Masterclasses on particular subjects and then practical activities to showcase the knowledge gained
    » Creating new products task
    » Pitching ideas to top companies in the City task
    » Tasks that develop communication, business, negotiation & leadership skills

    What success will look like

    Success will be the acquisition of new & improvement of existing skills (Business, Communication, Soft)

    Aim 2

    To inspire & teach young people the merits of hard work, leadership & team building


    » Inspirational professionals will share their personal story and Q&A with the young people
    » Young people will take turns to lead on tasks to develop their leadership skills
    » Team building and trust games

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a growth in self-confidence as the participants realise their abilities in safe but unfamiliar situations.

    Aim 3

    Devise with youth individual employment, educational, career, achievement plans


    » One to one coaching and mentoring including Journal keeping
    » Setting of goals corporately and individually
    » Each young person completing our 'discovering talents & gifts' exercise

    What success will look like

    Success will be..Help define career paths; realisation of talents & gifting’s

    Aim 4

    Reduce amount of young people engaged in anti-social behaviour & crime


    » Young people will be committed to the "working day". We will be working with the young people to keep them engaged & focused on tasks

    What success will look like

    Success will be..Providing summer and term time activities for over 100 young people across London

    Aim 5

    Create Peer Volunteer Leadership positions for young people aged 17+ on this project


    » Provide a detailed training package
    » Peer volunteer leaders will shadow a Youth Worker
    » Incorporate peer volunteer leaders at planning & evaluation stage, provide them with tasks to lead on.

    What success will look like

    Success will be..accreditation and work experience for each Peer Volunteer

  • Impact


    Previous participants on our project have gone on to set up their own businesses, gained valuable higher levels of confidence to aid their growth, gained good - excellent qualifications, stopped engaging in anti-social behaviour, realised their career path, and genuinely become more focussed individuals. The project has especially aided the learning of our young people with Autism and learning difficulties.


    The risks in our projects involve young people out in the community. All are aware of the code of conduct. Parents/guardians sign a consent form stating their knowledge of expectations of behaviour required from young people. Each session has a risk assessment produced. We ensure that we reduce any access to risks where possible. Procedure set out in our Health & Safety policy is followed. We use the government ratio of workers to young people plus volunteer staff. All staff have CRB's


    We will report to donors through our website, annual report, the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony and invitations to visit the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,880

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,360 Workshops & Tasks Holding 12 career & development workshops & 24 activities/tasks for young people
      £23,400 Youth Workers Wages 12 youth workers for the year
      £3,120 Volunteer Expenses 12 volunteers for the year

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Cicely Northcote Trust £9,980 Guaranteed
    Lambeth Council £1,750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project takes place in various locations across London. We partner with other organisations (youth groups, churches etc) to deliver the project simultaneously. We operate in Clapham, Tufnell Park, Turnpike Lane, & Rayners Lane with more areas coming on board.


    We are committed to working with all young people regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability or faith. The majority of the young people we work with are of African, Mixed & Caribbean heritage. They are mostly from low-income single parent families. This is reflective of the areas we work in. The project is for 14-19yrs, whom we feel are able to handle the fast pace of the project. Approx 5% of our participants are SEN. We work with NEETs. All our areas were affected by the 2011 riots.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 20 yrs combined experience of Youth work, Teaching, Mentoring. We have successfully been running this project & others across London boroughs since 2007 and have a good track record. Each year there’s a waiting list of young people wanting to participate in the project. We know our areas; we know young people, & how to tap into their 'world'. As products of the environments we work in, we have a deep understanding & burning passion to see the youth develop.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amie Buhari

    Amie is the Founder & Project Manager of our charity. She's the visionary of Hebe. Her passion & knowledge of young people is infectious

    Youth Workers And Volunteers

    They provide the hands on work. They invest in the young people & have the patience to deal with all the complexities of teenage minds.

    Partners (Youth Clubs, Churches, Businesses, Residential Homes, Charities, Schools)

    The only way forward is to work in partnerships. Two are better than one & each can be strengthened to provide an excellent service

    The Young People

    Without the youth, there's no point. The many potential young people we can reach & help gives us the energy to keep going on

Dressed for Success

Dressed for Success


Pays for 1 young person to participate

‘Thank you Team. A wonderful experience that was both challenging & rewarding. I have realised more of myself since the beginning of the course’

Anike -Participant