REACHOUT HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE IMPROVE THEIR LIFE CHANCES
Poorer students in the UK are almost three full years behind students from wealthier socio economic backgrounds.
At ReachOut, we understand the challenges young people face, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. That is why all our mentees are referred to us by their teachers, so we know we are helping those who are most at risk of being marginalised.
That’s why in 2018-2019:
Read our impact reports to learn more about what we achieved:
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
Our Theory of Change informs our programme design and allows us to focus on identifying the types of activities that will lead to achieving our overall aim for our young people to go on to lead good, happy and successful lives.
HOW WE HELP YOUNG PEOPLE
BROADENING HORIZONS THROUGH WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE VISITS
Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce found that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be NEET and can earn up to 22% more during their career.
As schools face ever greate demands on their resources, ReachOut is an ideal partner to help support their pupils’ personal development and understanding of the world beyond the school.
OUR FOCUS ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
We work through our ReachOut Character Journey with all our young people. This teaches them what character is, helps them to choose to be their best self, gives them opportunities to practise our Character strengths and to reflect regularly, so that they can see their success, where they have grown, and identify pathways to achieving their goals.
ReachOut’s mentors and staff build strong, positive relationships with our mentees. By encouraging our mentees to articulate their ideas and thoughts and through academic work, we help build their communication skills as well as academic and social confidence.
This all helps to create strong positive outcomes for our young people. Improved grades, bigger ideas, increased belief and better decisions all come together to help our mentees be the best they can be, irrespective of where they started.
Character development is recognised as essential for young people’s progress, and the Department of Education now has Character Benchmarks to help schools make sure they are delivering this essential part of young people’s education.