HeadStart Action

HeadStart Action is a personal and social development programme for young people who are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET). The programme was piloted in Southwark during March 2018 and was a partnership between The Challenge, the Mayor of London and Lendlease. Following the pilot, as part of the first round of the Young Londoners Fund, HeadStart Action expanded to four additional boroughs and has supported over 400 young people. The programme uses social action and employer encounters to engage and inspire young people, giving them the skills, experience and connections, they need to get ahead in the world of work.

HeadStart Action - Request for Proposals

The Mayor of London's £45m Young Londoners Fund (YLF) will help children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It will support a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for children and young people.

As part of the YLF round two and the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) which brings together specialists from health, police, local government, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and the underlying causes of violent crime. London Youth and Team London are inviting grass roots youth organisations in London to apply for funding to deliver HeadStart Action. A total of £870,000 is available to fund twelve organisations to build capacity and deliver HeadStart Action projects during 2020-21.

Grants of up to £56,000 per project are on offer to twelve frontline grassroots organisations who can demonstrate: a clear need for the programme in their chosen borough/area, a track record of working with their target beneficiary group and a need for (and commitment to engagement with) the capacity building support.

Detailed guidance is given in our Request for Proposals document. Please ensure your proposal fits the fund criteria before applying.

We will fund organisations which can demonstrate:

  • A commitment to deliver the HeadStart Action Model
  • The need for capacity building support to effectively deliver the HeadStart Action programme

We will fund projects which:

  • Support at least 30 young people to take part in social action, whilst gaining the skills, experience and connections to get ahead in the work place.
  • Support young people who are at greater risk of failing to make a successful transition from school (or alternative education setting) into employment or higher education, with a focus on young people aged 14-18.
  • Demonstrate creative and experimental ways of engaging this group of young people in social action and volunteering, tackling barriers and challenges to engagement.
  • Demonstrate how you will achieve the programme’s outcomes, including young people:
    • Feeling more motivated and engaged with education, training or employment.
    • Having a more positive sense of who they are and what they can achieve
    • Feeling more connected with, and trusting of, people from different backgrounds in their local community
    • Developing the skills and critical character traits needed to make a positive transition into further education or the world of work
  • Support young people to strengthen their skills and employability through a series of interactive, professional workshops, with at least one workshop to be co-delivered with an employer, and an interview for an appealing, engaging work experience opportunity or equivalent.

The deadline for applications is 13 March 2020 (by 23:59).

For any questions about the fund, please email [email protected]

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