Project information

The Key to Increasing Young People's Opportunities

The Key will provide 500 young people with the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills in the North East. Young people will be given the autonomy to develop 125 of their own project ideas, whilst being supported by a trained Key Facilitator (youth worker) to complete The Key Framework.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: The Key

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  • Need

    Need

    Young people in the North East lack access to opportunities, don’t believe in themselves and are simply not realising or achieving their potential. Deprivation is high and prospects are low. The region has some of the highest levels of poor emotional wellbeing, mental health and young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Austerity measures have led to closure and reduced provision of services. There are less opportunities to kick start young people's futures.

    Solution

    The Key provide young people with the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills through completion of The Key Framework.

    The Key Framework helps young people to discover their passions and realise their potential by bringing them together in small teams with support of a trained Key Facilitator (youth worker) to develop their very own project ideas. We empower them to take the lead. The projects they plan may be ambitious (planning a community festival) or simple (organising a trip).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide young people with an opportunity to improve their confidence and develop their skills.


    Activities

    » Deliver The Key Framework with 500 young people and provide support to help them to develop 125 of their very own projects.

    What success will look like

    Young people will have improved confidence, developed their skills by 21% and made 173 transitions into education, training, employment and/or volunteering.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The Key Framework helps young people to access opportunities previously beyond their reach. It helps them to discover their passions and generate the drive and determination to do something meaningful with it. To do this, we collect young people's demographic information, details of their project and measure each young persons developmental journey. Young people are required to complete a skills wheel at three points throughout The Key Framework to help us to track the success of our programme.

    Risk

    The main risk to delivering this project is our ability to raise our fundraising target to ensure we can deliver The Key Framework with 500 young people.

    We have developed a robust fundraising strategy with diverse income streams and strong relationships with major trusts and corporate foundations. If this does not prove viable we will reduce the levels of activity to ensure we do not over commit expenditure without sufficient income to balance.

    Reporting

    The Key will provide a bespoke report on an six-monthly/annual basis to inform donors of the direct impact of their donation and how it has supported young people. The report will highlight the number of young people supported, provide examples of projects and include confidence/skills improvement.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £71,100

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,254 Management and Administration Overseeing the project and administration
      £11,713 Project Delivery On the ground delivery of project activities
      £4,233 Overheads Overhead and support costs for the project
      £50,000 Young People's Resources Resources required for young peoples to implement their key projects
      £900 Monitoring and Evaluation Research and evaluation of the project
  • Background

    Location

    The Key will provide support to young people in communities across the North East of England.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people aged 11 - 25 years old who live in areas of high deprivation that may face complex and difficult problems or have multiple barriers to progression. This includes young parents, young carers, those in or leaving care, who are from a minority ethnic background, a disability, mental health issue or are in the criminal justice system.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Key has provided opportunities for young people across the North East of England for the last 26 years.

    Over the past five years we've supported 13,673 young people to plan 2996 of their very own projects. As a result young people improved their confidence, developed their skills and made 8054 transitions into education, training, employment and/or volunteering. A further 140,000 members of the community also benefited from taking part in young people's projects.

    Visit www.thekeyuk.org

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Hannah Underwood

    CEO has been leading The Key for 13 years and is responsible for the vision and overall strategic direction of the organisation.

    The Key Team

    Passionate, dedicated and experienced team who come from variety of backgrounds including operational/project management, marketing, finance and data.

    Key Facilitators

    Network of 371 youth workers who are trained to deliver The Key Framework with young people.