Life Coaching Supporting Young People at Risk
We provide training to teachers, youth workers, and local residents using a well-structured program developed by Grit Charity. This program emphasises intensive group workshops along with individual coaching to foster breakthroughs in the way young people perceive the world.
The support for young people extends over six months. Help us expand our mentoring program to reach even more schools
Help us to reach our campaign target of £100,000 so we can run this programme in 6 schools over the next two years, reaching at least 120 children who will be provided with a mentor for six months.
Grit Charity and The Harrow Club, in partnership with three schools in the local area (Chelsea Academy, KAA and All Saints) are delivering a personal development programme for their students. We are seeking volunteer life coaches for this 6-month programme.
Since covid poor attendance, behaviour and attainment have increased in schools and in particular have affected children who come from households who are being impacted by cost-of-living pressures. We hear from teachers, parents and our youth workers that mentoring at critical times, such as transition periods to GCSEs, college or entering the workforce can make a huge difference.
Many Young people lack a trusted adult who can help guide them to overcome challenges or to embrace opportunities. This lack of support can have significant negative impact especially during transitional phases in life such as moving from school to college.
A lack of support might be because parents/carers are too busy or the relationships are not open or there is a lack of trust, however sometimes it is because of neglect. Online advice or from other young people often isn’t helpful and can be harmful.
Creating a safe space to listen, speak and engage young people discover new choices, generate the commitment to really make things happen.
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Our Life Coaching Program, Grit, challenges your assumptions, your attitudes, your expectations. It uncovers the limitations of the young persons mind-set, their doubts and their fears and through a 6 month self development offer gives young people the opportunity to reorientate how they think about themselves, those around them and the wider world.
We are in the second year of the project, and we have had really strong outcomes, so far, in year one, in terms of improved attendance, behaviour and attainment of the children supported. The feedback from volunteers has also highlighted the positive impact for the coach as well in terms of self development and community understanding.
As many of you know, the Harrow Club’s mission is to profoundly improve the lives and life chances of young people aged between 8 and 18. These children and young people are dealing with extremely challenging personal circumstances, whether that’s complex home lives, criminality, school exclusion or deprivation. As a charity, we are in the unique position to really help where it’s needed.
We have an incredible team. 40 youth workers operate from the club’s five locations, providing 1-2-1 mentoring, football and sports coaching, music lessons, mental health therapy, and advocating for young people in court. The Harrow club engage a staggering 250 young people each week. For many, the effect is life changing.
Some of the children we work with face significant life challenges, for these children mentoring support, at key transitional points, can provide profound positive changes to their life trajectory.
Harrow Club Trustees and Team
With Grit I feel like a member of a new family. You know there is an open mindedness. It’s a family that understands the journey you are about to go on and my life coach become a true mentor and supporter for me.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a life coach and to support a student at a pivotal time in their life. I had both the pleasure of imparting my lived and learnt experiences through the Grit approach and watching this young man grow both in confidence and in aspirations