Targeted Intervention

Overview

The Foundation has a range of targeted youth intervention projects in place that focus on developing bespoke and flexible preventative support to work with disadvantaged and at risk young people across the City. In particular, this work engages with young people not in education, employment and training post 16 (known as NEETs), those pre 16 at risk of becoming NEET, those excluded, at risk of exclusion, young offenders, those at risk of entering the criminal justice system and those at risk of teenage pregnancy.

The work of the coordinators is supplemented and enhanced by a team of young people between the ages of 16 and early 20s with direct experience of the challenges facing service users who operate as peer champions to assist in developing relevant services. This is further supplemented by the creation of a "task force" of volunteer mentors - adults from the community and business world who will provide bespoke support for service users and a range of user led volunteering and learning opportunities.

The youth intervention service has also developed an approach to engaging young people that utilises inspirational environments and people to encourage and support aspiration. This approach operates in Media City and Spinningfields in Manchester City Centre.

The Youth Support and Intervention Team’s aims include:

  • Equipping young people who are NEET with personal, vocational and work based skills to access structured learning/employment opportunities;
  • Providing work based learning opportunities as a pre-16 NEET prevention to develop work based skills and access employment / training opportunities at the end of year 11;
  • Enabling young offenders who have served a custodial sentence to resettle effectively in their local community;
  • Preventing offending and reducing re-offending with young people on the fringes of the criminal justice system;
  • Providing young people 13-16 who are at risk/or need support to re-engage with school and their community with access to a young volunteers programme. Young people will be recognised for their work with 25, 50 and 100 hours awards and provided opportunity to develop key skills and/or accreditation;
  • Promoting healthy living and positive lifestyle choices through enabling young people to engage with health-service providers and shape services to meet their particular needs;
  • Work with young people 13 plus who are excluded and/or at risk providing positive activities and training opportunities to redirect from anti-social and criminal behaviour, support reintegration into education.
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