Our Power2 Rediscover programme has been developed as a direct response to the Covid-19 crisis and conversations we have been having with young people, teachers, youth workers and carers about the impact the crisis has already had and will have in the future without intervention.


The Need

Too many young people were already facing an opportunity gap. The impact of Covid-19 could turn that gap into a chasm. Our own survey of over 500 young people showed that 61% are more worried about their future now than they were before, and young people from the most deprived areas are 1.4x more likely to be getting into bad habits and sleep patterns during lockdown.

According to a recent report by the National Youth Agency over a million young people have self-reported mental health issues during lockdown. Our survey showed that 32.2% of young people from deprived areas don’t feel they have anyone to talk to. They’re 1.4x more likely to say they are getting into bad habits during lockdown, including poor diet and sleeping patterns. The National Foundation for Educational Research has flagged that young people from low income families will be more likely to be out of school for longer, particularly in London, the North West and the West Midlands where we work.

“Everyone’s really stressing about their future. Lockdown might have been a good thing for some people but when it came to our school, our education, that’s gone downhill for us... it’s hard being motivated because being trapped in your house just makes you feel like you’re alone... I had nothing else do so I felt like if I stayed in my room any longer I’d go through depression and stuff like that."

Ashanti, 17. 


The Programme

We’re determined they won’t be left behind: the purpose of the Power2 Rediscover programme is to provide intensive one-to-one support to young people who need it most and support their transition back into education and society in the “new normal”.

Participants will be selected from young people already known to Power2 and by working with schools to identify those who will benefit most. Young people who take part in the programme will initially be provided with coaching sessions over the course of 10 weeks and can then join Power2’s Young Leaders programme, meaning they have access to up to three years of support and connection.

Our dedicated programme delivery team work with young people who are most at risk of falling behind because of the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown, to improve their school attendance, confidence, self-esteem and mental health. These young people will be empowered to make positive transitions out of lockdown with a roadmap and the tools to engage productively with their education, goals and society going forward.

Coaching sessions will include conversations and practical tools to help young people with:

  • COVID-19 and understanding the new “normal” including the importance of social distancing.
  • Mental health and wellbeing including helping participants develop positive routines, healthy habits and sleeping patterns.
  • Tackling feelings of loneliness and isolation by making sure young people know there is someone out there for them during lockdown and beyond.
  • Practical and emotional support for reintegration into education and society.
  • Planning for the future by setting goals and aspirations for both the long and short term and, crucially, providing young people with the tools they need to actively work towards them
  • Earning a certificate of achievement on completion of the programme

Power2 believes there is no greater cost to society than unfulfilled potential so we typically provide up to three years of support to make a real and lasting difference, giving young people the power to build a better future.

 


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See our conversations with young people and youth workers about the impact of lockdown