Children’s charity, The Transformation Trust has welcomed the Government’s Positive for Youth statement published today which brings together all of the Government’s policies for young people aged 13 to 19.
Amy Leonard, Chief Executive of The Transformation Trust, said: “It is important for young people, especially those from deprived backgrounds, that charities such as The Transformation Trust are working alongside the business community and with other partners, to ensure that they are able to access experiences and activities outside the classroom. We welcome the Government’s Positive for Youth initiative in taking steps to address the problems faced by young people aged 13-19 right now.
“Raising young people’s aspirations and educational attainment is crucial to their success in life, and that’s why The Transformation Trust is supporting schemes like Speakers for Schools - the idea of Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor – and helping to give young people opportunities beyond the classroom, and equipping them with the skills needed for the workplace.”
The Transformation Trust currently works with schools in areas of high social and economic deprivation across the country, where many have more than 50 per cent of pupils eligible for free school meals. Last year almost 30,000 young people had the chance to learn new skills, take part in extra-curricular activities or attend an event – amounting to nearly one million hours of inspirational activity that would not have otherwise been available.
Notes to Editors:
- The full Positive for Youth statement can be found here: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/Positive%20for%20Youth/b00200933/positive-for-youth-the-statement
- Over the course of the last academic year The Transformation Trust, which is entirely funded by the private sector, has encouraged a new generation of engineers through the excitement of F1; given young people the opportunity to produce and perform in a Shakespeare play in their local theatre; established breakfast clubs in schools where children are simply too hungry to learn; and provided opportunities to be inspired by Olympians and Paralympians.