Project information

Young Leaders Training project (YLT)

Six young adults between 18 and 22 are passionate about younger peole learning key skills for the future; We teach (peer-led) children aged 13-15 important skills that can be applied in business, in school and at work. These will build confidence and help them get jobs and be active citizens.

January 2011 - December 2012

Charity information: My Social Innovation

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  • Need


    Some young people leave school at 16 or go onto study for further qualifications without training in some of the most important skills for their future. Skills like communication, teamwork, structuring and making presentations, and understanding others are not part of what is an already packed and pressured national curriculum the prepares young people for exams but doesn't have the time or resources to develop such skills in an enjoyable and experience based environment.


    We will train between 60 and 100 young people in West London in key skills development over the next two years. Our project has developed a robust curriculum, business model, budget, measurement system and has also trained six young people to diploma level to be able to deliver peer-led training sessions to local schools, youth groups, or community organisations. It will be fun and enjoyable for participants as it will be extra-curricular activity. Schools will only pay a small percent of cost.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve participants key skills for their future and their confidence.


    » Achieved by a exciting and enjoyable training programme that focuses essential skills and is delivered to high quality. 100 people in two years.

    Success will be... when we have worked with 200 young people and seen a measured increase inthier skills and confidence; we aim for at least a 25% increase in all participants

    Aim 2

    Provide all participants with a certificate / accreditation


    » We will explore options and funding available for accrediting or certifying our work with registered bodies or delivery partners

    Success will be...when more than 75% of those people who take part are certified to have completed our training course.

    Aim 3

    To create a sustainable social enterprise model that continues to deliver the programme sustainably


    » With My Social Innovation (Ltd) and the mentors that this charity have provided our project will will create a sustainable business model.

    Success will be... when at least 50% of the organisations annual income is self-generated. We would like to achieve this in two years.

  • Impact


    Our project will enable young 13-15 year olds to get better results in their GCSE's. It will also make them more likely to get a job or a college place as they have evidence of useful out of school activities. If participants are more likely to get a job then our project could also be seen t be saving society money by preventing youth unemployment; which is a very important issue at the moment. When the project becomes 50% self financing it also reduces the need for charitable funding.


    Working with young people means that their is the potential for child protection and health and safety problems. We all have CRB checks in process to counter this and will interview and screen anyone we work with to ensure they are suitable. We also have an appropriate legal and financial support system provided by our support charity MySI; this ensures best practice always. We will do all we can in terms of the structure of the training to consistently engage young participants and trainers


    In reportig to donors we wil provide updates on our training programmes and MYSI will send annual reports that detail our successes. It might also be possible to provide case studies and do a video of our work that can be posted online. We will be controling our own budget so we can report spending.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Diploma Training Trains 6 young people to diploma qualification as trainers
      £4,000 Training and support Provides ession fees for trainers and professional support
      £2,000 Delivery Cost of delivery for 1 year; 60/100 people
      £2,000 Administration & Core Administrative cost including insurance for the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will initially operate in a "disadvantaged" area of Hounslow in West London. We have chose this location because the majority of our team went to school in the area and are keen to contribute something to the community. We also wish to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds a greater opportunity to succeed by increasing thier capacity to succeed in school, employment or business. Our work also gives a chance to engage in positive activity locally and be active citizens.


    Young people between 13 and 15 years old from a disadvantaged area of Hounslow (Heston). Hounslow is a disadvantaged borough in West London. More particularly it is polarised, the gap between the wealthy and less wealthy is increasing. Gaps in education and pay are proven to follow ( Our work will seek to help reduce these gaps by providing skills and confidence to participants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are young people with experience of the local community who have been trained to deliver peer-led training. Studies on peer-led training show it to be a particularly powerful and effective way for young people to learn. By developing our model therefore we are relevant and credible to the younger people we serve. We are also supported by the charity MySI who give us mentors and tailored project advice for success. We have agreed a partnership with a local school for 1 year already!!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tukiya Mutupa

    Project Leader: 17 - trained to diploma level and is a key player in delivering training and organisational development. She is local too

    Anisa Khan

    Project Leader - 18 - is trained to deliver peer-led training and is passionate about learning while helping other youngsters to achieve

    Joe Swann

    As Chief Executive of the organisation that is supporting the development of our work Joe used his experience to help us design and deliver a plan.

    Tony Bennett

    Mentor: Tony is a senior charity executive and businessman who is helping us to develop our work for sustainability.