The need for the Project is based on feedback from young people and our daily experience of working to address the needs of young people aged 17 – 24 who have attended our supplementary schools and continue to come to ESDEG for further support.
With youth services being decimated by austerity measures, ESDEG has seen a sharp rise in demand from BAMER young people.
The youth project that we ran in 2013 – 15 documented continuing needs, including access to basic training, skills deficit and low confidence of NEET young people, and better collaboration between youth provisions in all sectors.
Individual advice and workshops to 100 NEET BAMER young people of 17-24 years of age on obtaining further/higher education and employment, helping them set and achieve goals, and to develop key soft skills like communication and self-esteem. Support will also raise aspiration, motivation and resilience.
ESDEG performs (in collaboration with different local training providers and advice organisations) the following activities for these young people
Practical CV writing
Advice on housing and benefit and other social issue
Life skill training
Access to counselling
Engaging local community and
The project will help challenge prejudice and discrimination through interaction and will enable young BAMER people to develop friendships and better relationships with others. One of the indirect aims of the project is to reduce anti-social behaviour and to provide alternatives to the path of crime and drugs that blight the lives of many young people.