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Introducing our new Theory of Change!

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Young people are growing up in a new and complex world. As a result young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are facing more barriers than ever before to achieving their potential.

  • The cost of living crisis is draining young people and their families of precious income, time, energy and a sense of security

  • The Covid pandemic has deprived young people of years of social and educational development

  • Stretched schools and youth services are unable to provide every young person with all the time and support they need

  • Young people aren't prepared for the world of work and not all employers know how to get the best out of young people when they enter it

  • Declining wellbeing and anxiety about the future are exacerbated by social media and an increasingly uncertain world

Without the critical life skills and support they need to overcome these barriers, disadvantaged young people may fail to achieve their potential. Simultaneously, Education and the ‘World of Work’ need greater resources and insight to create empowering environments where all young people can thrive.

That’s where Yes Futures come in. We work with young people, teachers and schools and the world of work; to empower young people to believe in themselves and achieve their potential.

Young People

A Rising Futures student with their impact coach

We coach young people to grow their Talents in confidence, communication, resilience and self-awareness, so they can identify their aspirations and take steps towards achieving them. To do this, we provide young people with intensive and personalised coaching led by our specially trained Yes Futures Coaches. Our coaching sessions help students identify their strengths and set personalised goals to work towards. Coaching puts young people on the path to becoming more self-aware; allowing them to recognise and articulate their skills out loud and develop a growth mindset.

At the end of our programmes, young people work on their self-coaching capabilities, ensuring they are equipped with the skills they need to continue building their aspirations, improving their self-regulation and strengthening their wellbeing.

Teachers and Schools

Finding Futures students in their Yes Futures coaching session

We build evidence and use it to empower schools and teachers to prioritise the development of critical skills in classrooms of the future. Through our rigorous approach to soft-skills measurement, we are building up an evidence base that demonstrates that by strengthening competencies like resilience and self-awareness, we can support students’ emotional wellbeing and behavioural regulation. In doing this we can build strong foundations that support positive student engagement in the classroom.

Through collaboration with teachers and schools, we create a dialogue on the importance of the critical skills that our programmes instill within young people. These discussions keep us accountable and allow us to reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all the young people we work with leave our programmes more self-aware, resilient and better communicators.

World of Work

Students on their World of Work trip

We forge connections between schools, young people and the world of work, so together they can build pathways to the workplaces of the future where everyone can thrive. We partner with brilliant workplaces to give young people first-hand experience of what a professional working environment looks like and the range of opportunities available to them. These trips are inspirational, impactful and engaging. They give students the chance to make informed decisions about their future career path; meet and learn from successful adults in various industries and roles and develop vital employment-related skills. Our partners do more than just facilitate our young people for a day but rather show them pathways to work that are both aspirational and tangible. Employees from our World of Work partners engage with the young people on our programmes as volunteers and coaches, further reinforcing the pathways that young people can take to secure and happy futures.

Our World of Work partners

At Yes Futures, we believe that empowering young people to take control of their lives and achieve their full potential is achieved best when collaboration and partnership are at the heart of what we do. By providing young people with the tools, support, and opportunities they need to succeed, Yes Futures is helping to create a brighter future for the next generation.

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