Skills for life

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Our project lead for hope will expand on the positive work of the Policy Centre of African Peoples (PCAP) through a groundbreaking educational project aimed at enabling 50 disadvantaged young people (16-25) from the London Borough of Hackney to fulfil their potential. The initial phase of the project will last 12 months, from March 2018 to March 2019.

The programme will result in:
• Boosting participant’s self-confidence and resilience;
• Developing their leadership skills;
• And enabling participant’s to achieve their educational, professional and social goals.

The project will achieve this by delivering an innovative personal and leadership development programme which consists of a unique a combination of:
• Mentoring and motivational sessions;
• Role plays and practical exercises;
• And a pioneering roadmap to success that will enable participants to achieve their goals in 6
easy steps.

The importance of the project is highlighted by available figures that show that people on low-incomes make up a comparatively large number of Hackney's residents. The borough has the second highest proportion of working-age people who are claiming workless benefits (12.3%); and the second highest proportion of children in poverty in London (41%).

In Hackney, as elsewhere in London and the UK, there is a huge gap in educational attainment
between children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and other children. For
instance, while 61% of Hackney’s GCSE pupils achieved 5A*-Cs in English and Maths in 2013,
only 47% of pupils eligible for free school meals did so. Furthermore, Hackney has higher levels of
young people not in education, employment or training than other boroughs in London, as well as a
lower proportion of its population in apprenticeships.

Given that having low educational attainment and being out of work at a young age both have a
very negative impact on key areas such as mental and physical health; criminality and life skills
and expectations, there is an urgent need for innovative initiatives that can help improve the
situation of deprived young people in Hackney. This is why the Policy Centre for African Peoples, a
charity with a proven track record of working successfully with young individuals, is proposing to
implement Lead4Hope. The initial phase of the project will last 12 months, from March 2018 to March 2019.

If successful the money will be spent on participants travel expenses and refreshments, volunteers travel expenses and refreshments, miscellaneous (including sundry stationery items; phone costs; online media platforms; insurance; publicity materials & printing.)

If successful, we intend to expand this project to other areas of London and the UK.

Background on the PCAP

The Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) was created in 2008 in the UK to promote the education and engagement of African communities and the general public. To fulfil this objective, PCAP carries out educational and social engagement projects in the areas of education, social justice and leadership. PCAP was registered as a charity in England and Wales in 2009; its charity registration number is 1131139. The charity currently has 4 trustees and 5 volunteers, including an unpaid executive director.

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Policy Centre for African Peoples

We are proud of this project because it has the capacity to prove transformational and life-changing for the participants, in terms of enabling them to transcend their disadvantaged circumstances, fulfil their potential and become role models not only for their peer groups, but also for their commun

Location: London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom