Founder of Teens and Toddlers and Executive Director of Teens and Toddlers in Scotland
In addition to being worth millions of pounds to the UK economy, life-skills play an important role in helping young people to realise their talents and make their way in the world. Yet there are many at high risk of leaving school without any qualifications and missing out on the chance to develop these vital capabilities.
In the UK one in seven young people leave school before completing upper secondary education. We want to be a leading force for change for these young people, particularly those who find it hard to do well at school in disadvantaged areas.
We want to do this by expanding the reach of our flagship programme which gives young people the chance to develop their skills and self-belief by mentoring a toddler whilst working towards a Personal and Social Development qualification.
Helping young people build the life-skills they need to succeed at school and beyond is at the heart of our work. Esmée Fairbairn and our local partners have played a major role in our expansion. In addition to seeing more than 90% of our young people attain a national qualification, we have seen a 25% growth in the number of beneficiaries who graduated from our programme in our last audited year.
I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved with our local partners and the thousands of young people we have reached so far.