We on average support 15 projects per year across 10 countries around the world.
Current Portfolio Highlights
1. Pro Barista, Brighton UK
In Brighton and Hove, young people struggle to find employment and where the speciality coffee sector in the city is growing, it does suffer a shortage of skilled Baristas. The Pro Barista training programme enables young and vulnerable people to develop barista skills and find employment. The programme combines high level coffee training alongside supporting soft skills and personal development for the young people. Started in September 2016, the two-year grant expects up over 200 young people to go through their training.
Read about their full story here
2. Bridge for Change, Tanzania
Like many places in the world, young people are not adequately prepared for life after school and often find it difficult adjusting to their work environments. Bridge for Change, an NGO led by a talented young Tanzanian called Ocheck Msuva, seek to empower young people to take ownership of their futures and the world around them by providing them with career information and guidance such as character building, financial and entrepreneurial skills which will enable them to become independent in order to flourish and fulfil their potential leaving them with better current and future prospects. We are supporting key managerial roles to enable the organization to fulfill its 2017 and 2018 objectives.
Find more about the Think Big Challenge here. A competition giving secondary students the opportunity to design innovative solutions to problems they face in everyday school life.
3. Taqaddam, MENA
Many young people in the Middle East and North Africa are leaving school without the skills required to navigate change and flourish in the 21st century working world and employers in the region are seeing a skills deficit in young candidates applying for jobs. Taqaddam, meaning ‘Move Forward’ in Arabic, is an innovative blended learning programme that engages young people and develops their life skills with an aim to leave them feeling equipped to enter the next stage of their lives with the self-awareness, confidence, agency and networks needed to flourish. The seven week programme, run in partnership with the British Council and HSBC, supported over 1200 students in its pilot year and recently completed its second year supporting over 1900 students.
Read more here about Taqaddam Year Two. The journey, its’ successes and a the full Year Two Evaluation report.