The last couple of years have been difficult for everyone. But in continuing to deliver our programmes virtually during successive lockdowns, we saw first-hand how the pandemic has disproportionately affected the young people who were already facing multiple disadvantages.
Mental health issues, difficult home lives, lack of resources and other challenges all intensified. Many were left feeling more isolated, more vulnerable and more worried about falling further behind.
As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, we are working with young people to build their self-esteem, re-engage them with school and empower them to make a positive difference to their lives and the lives of others. This page is a testament to what our programme participants achieved in 2020-21 with our support and a testament to our belief that young people’s resilience, enterprise and insights are a vital part of building a better post-pandemic world.
You can read more of our young people's success stories here.
In the last year, despite everything that's been happening, Hafsah (15), has amazed everyone at Power2 with what she has achieved. She embodies exactly we're trying to do, from engaging in youth social action, to making marginalised voices heard and giving back to her community. A true 'advocate for young women everywhere.'
We recently held the first in a series of virtual events, putting young people's view front and centre as we consider how to build a better, fairer future. We were blown away by their eloquence, thoughtfulness and passion...
Our Young Leaders from London and the North West are working together to run their first ever fundraising challenge to support YoungMinds, the youth mental health charity. Find out what they're up to here!
Our Young Leaders recently took part in the Northern Powerhouse Education, Employment and Skills Summit and were given the opportunity to question Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.
We first met Austen when he took part in our Teens and Toddlers programme - now he's one of our Young Leaders and studying for his A-levels.