The project is based on the idea that everyone, of every race, sexuality, gender, age and ability, has the right to participate in meaningful and purposeful work and has unique value to add in the workplace. We wanted to create something that unlocks the talent and potential of young people who are struggling to find a job and are the furthest away from the labour market. We want to look beyond defined roles and allow young people to define their own pathways to meaningful work, and to find their hidden talents that might be overlooked. With this we hope to encourage young people to use their full potential and feel empowered and confident about their careers. In short we help them find their ‘why?’.
We organise each cohort of young adults into a ‘community of practice’ or ‘hub’ characterised by mutual and directed support. This includes work packages, work mentoring, skills coaching and wellbeing mentoring.
Within this community, our Young Leaders are given significant scope to organise and form teams, create their own meaningful work, explore new opportunities and outcomes and work in partnership with external third-party organisations (who may become their future employers). These partners provide mentoring, guidance and direction for the work the Young Leaders undertake.