Project information

Skills for Adolescence

Adolescence can be a difficult transition and many seek the security and support of a youth project to keep them focused, engaged and learning new skills. With your help we want to support 50 disadvantaged young people, empowering them to make positive choices and fulfil their potential.

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: Ambition

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  • Need


    For some young people, the odds are stacked against them, leaving them isolated and without the support that they desperately need:
    • 62% of 16-25 year olds have been bullied at school
    • Family relationships, low self-esteem and abuse are the most common reasons young people seek professional help
    • Half of all lifetime cases of psychiatric disorders start by age 14.

    With this, many young people find themselves uninterested in learning at school and struggling to integrate into school life.


    At Ambition, we provide young people with the skills and experience they need for the chance of a better future. We support 500,000 young people each year through youth clubs and projects in 3,500 communities.
    We want to provide an early intervention to more young people to help them develop the necessary skills to get on in life, overcome their struggles and become active citizens in their communities. With your help, we can do this through the globally renowned programme Skills for Adolescence

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support 50 young people to fulfil their potential and avoid pathways into offending


    » In groups of 10-15, Skills for Adolescence is delivered to 11-14 year olds over a year through weekly sessions lasting 1-1.5 hours.

  • Impact



    Potential risks include young people not engaging fully/not attending regularly. Delivery by experienced youth workers in school rather than teachers has shown to sustain interest and engagement with more challenging young people who do not see it as just another lesson. Another risk could be that local projects are not able to deliver the activities. We have rigorous monitoring arrangements in place that complement our relationships to mitigate this risk.


    Donors will receive a bi-monthly newsletter from Ambition which will include details of the programme and case studies of the young people who have benefited. We will also send an end of project report summarising the difference your donation has made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Training 2 day residential training for Youth workers to deliver Skills for Adolescence
      £1,000 Resources Young person and youth worker resources packs
      £14,000 Youth Worker Youth Worker costs to deliver Skills for Adolescence

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donor pledge £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Ambition is a national charity based in Vauxhall; providing high quality support to young people across the UK. Our location is ideal for our advocacy work and means we are close to other national charities. Our project will be delivered in the most disadvantaged and deprived communities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


    Ambition works with over half a million young people each year and has already supported over 1000 individuals through Skills for Adolescence across a wide range of settings including alternative education groups, school groups and youth clubs.

    'Skills for Adolescence gave me a focus when I was having trouble. This support helped me get back on track at home and school.' Jay, aged 14, London
    Young people, like Jay, aged 11-14 in the most deprived areas of the UK will benefit from this project

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ambition has been giving young people in local communities the chance of a better future for over 90 years.

    We enable organisations that work with young people to thrive through quality assurance, strategic support, funding opportunities, accredited training and innovative programmes.

    We are ambitious in our hopes for young people and there has never been a greater need for our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Emma Revie

    Emma is the Chief Executive of Ambition and has a long history of supporting vulnerable young people and the communities in which they live in.