ReachOut's Impact

ReachOut is a national mentoring and education charity, rooted in local
communities. Working in under-resourced areas, we support young people to
grow in character and confidence, sparking change in themselves and
society.

At ReachOut, we run afterschool mentoring projects across London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool for young people aged 9-16.

Each young person in a ReachOut project is paired with their own volunteer mentor and, each week, through 1:1 and group mentoring as well as fun group activities, they grow in character and confidence, sparking change in themselves and society.

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Character. Confidence. Change.

At the heart of everything we do at ReachOut are three things: Character, Confidence and Change.

Character

The high-quality, intensive programmes we deliver go far beyond academic tutoring. 

Fundamental to our approach is developing character; by which we mean Staying Power, Self-Control, Fairness and Good Judgement.   ​

We believe a focus on developing these strengths helps young people to make better decisions and take on whatever life throws at them; at school, at home and in later life. ​

63% of mentees said they improved their Staying Power

This means resilience, grit, the ability to stick at something, to honour commitments and to see tasks through to the end.

74% said they improved their self-control

The ability to keep emotions in check and to choose to act (or not to act) in a certain way despite how we may feel.

74% said they improved their fairness

Treating others with respect and empathy, honouring rights and responsibilities, and being honest.

72% said they improved their Good Judgement

The ability to consider consequences and make decisions that benefit both ourselves and those affected by our choice.

“I understand myself on a much deeper level than I would without ReachOut and some of the things they teach, like Character Strengths. Slowly I could see that my character has built up and I’ve become a much better person.”

Aya, ReachOut Mentee

Confidence

We work with amazing young people who need some additional support to reach and be confident in their potential.

Working closely with schools, we identify young people who often don’t have the advantages that others do and who are most likely to benefit from our interventions.

Our work helps young people to build their academic and social confidence and prepare them for a world of opportunities.

As well as individual mentoring, the young people and their mentors also take part in  group activities which are designed to meet the social and emotional needs of our young people through providing a safe space to share ideas, discuss their challenges and foster a sense of fun and belonging.

In our most recent survey, 86% of mentors said they saw increased confidence in their Mentees.

97% of young people said they enjoyed coming to ReachOut

“The main impact has been seeing their confidence grow within themselves. They’ve blossomed as young adults.”

Teacher at a ReachOut partner school

CHANGE

ReachOut works in areas where young people face a variety of social and economic challenges. Our programmes support young people to overcome the barriers they face, and create wider positive change in society. 

Mentoring, group activities and work experiences open up fresh horizons for young people and give them new tools and networks to support their future success. 

Mentoring connects people across age groups and communities and the mentor-mentee relationship helps to break down unhelpful stereotypes and preconceptions.

At the heart of all our work is our desire that the young people we work with go on to live good, happy and successful lives, whatever that looks like for them.

53% of the young people we worked with last year were eligible for pupil premium.

We deliver over 250 work experience visits, career talks and opportunities for groups of young people every year.

We've trained and placed over 2,000 volunteer mentors over the last three years from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.

“For me and my friends who took part in ReachOut, it helped to level the playing field, providing us with the same opportunities as young people from more well-off backgrounds.”

Boma, ReachOut Alumnus

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CASE STUDY

“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.

CASE STUDY 03

“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London

CASE STUDY 02

“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London

CASE STUDY 01

“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London