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Project information

IT for Young People

Teen Action is planning to run a variety of computer courses for 100 disadvantaged and young people, aged 16-18 years as an employment training project. This is to take place in Hackney; an extremely financially deprived borough of London.

February 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: Teen Action

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  • Need


    Our users belong to impoverished families who are heavily dependent on government benefits or are on low income. As a result of their BMI status they cannot attend generic programmes as they require separate gender classes. The only option is expensive private training which they cannot afford. The result is that they lack job qualifications skills and are stuck in a never ending cycle of poverty.


    Computer courses will solve this unemployment cycle by providing the young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to receive respectable and well paying jobs. This would allow them to break free from the poverty cycle they are currently stuck in.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empower young people with IT skills so that they are confident and able to find a job.


    » Provide a variety of computer classes for many young people. These will include graphics, Quickbooks, main microsoft programs as well as others.

    What success will look like

    Success will be that every member will receive a certificate for the course they have attended. Also at least 60% receiving jobs as a result of our courses.

  • Impact


    Long term change will be a break in the poverty cycle of Hackney with more young people receiving jobs thus making the community stronger and more vibrant. We will demonstrate this by showing the demand increase for our courses which will prove that young people are interested to change as a result of the success of the people older than them.


    Working with computers can put a risk to anyone but teens are especially vulnerable. For this reason we have an e-safety policy which is to be adhered to strictly.


    Project donors will receive an evaluation and photographs at the end of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Computer Hardware 12 Computers, 2 smartboard, 2 printers all purchased at subsidized prices
      £19,200 Computer courses Teacher salary for 6 weekly sessions @ £80 p/session for 40 weeks
      £3,500 Computer Software Software upgrades for old as well as new equipments
      £3,300 Admin Exam registration, advertising and publicitiy costs, travel for volunteers
  • Background


    The course will be held in Hackney which is one of the poorest Boroughs in London and among the 10 poorest in England (Borough stat-pack 2009). The provisions of a free course, for those young adults who would like to learn a trade yet can't afford to pay for the course, is imperative.


    45 Young adults p. a. will benefit through gaining the skills and resources required to find a job requiring IT skills. The local community will also benefit since due to theses young adults being able to find employment it far less likely that they will join gangs and be involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour. In addition our course will be saving the taxpayers money, as the young adults will become tax payers rather then living of state benefits.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully arranged courses for disadvantaged young people since 2007. Most of our graduates have gone on to find full time employment utilising the skills they learnt during our courses.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Esther Hoffman

    Esther is the secretary. She will arrange teachers, timetables, exams and equipment so that the project runs smoothly.