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Positive Youth Foundation

Royal Approval for our Recognised Centre - Positive Youth Foundation

On Tuesday 16 January 2018 our Coventry based Centre, Positive Youth Foundation, was honoured by a visit from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, where they met more than 20 young people that the organisation has supported in helping them to overcome their challenges and reach their potential.
 
“Open College Network West Midlands have been a great Awarding Body partner for us, supporting our business in the delivery of our Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP), through a range of flexible qualifications in Employability and Development as well as Functional Skills.”  Krishan Singh, Operations Manager
 
 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting with Positive Youth Foundations
staff and students benefiting from the RAP programme
 
RAP is a highly targeted, bespoke programme of personal development support for young people who are experiencing challenges within mainstream education, or those out of education, training or employment.  The Centre works closely with Coventry City Council’s Work Related Learning team, individual schools and education providers in delivering the programme.

Positive Youth Foundation strapline is;

‘We work with young people, taking them beyond engagement and towards positive lifestyle choices’.
 
The Duke and Duchess were given an insight to the work the organisation undertakes around supporting young people and a background to the part Positive Youth Foundation played in Coventry’s success in winning UK City of Culture 2021. Lauran aged 15, was part of a group discussion with the Duchess around mental health within young people. She said;

 “It was just like a dream come true. They were both really nice people and were really interest in what we had to say.”
 
Successes of the programmes offered by Positive Youth Foundations include young people reintegrating into mainstream provision, reaching positive destinations through improved self-awareness and a development of confidence and resilience when working through their often complex issues.

Youth work principles are adopted to meet the diverse needs of young people, ensuring that they are supported and challenged in equal measure.  Experienced staff enable young people to work through Open College Network West Midlands personal development accreditations and qualifications in a safe, broadly inclusive environment.

Rashid Bhayat, the Founder and CEO of the Positive Youth Foundation, said it was a great opportunity to showcase the crucial work being undertaken by the organisation and the wider youth work sector.

He said:

“It was an important day for young people and the Royal couple were so engaged with what our young people had to say, and they really seemed to enjoy finding out about everything that we do”.

“The young people deserved this opportunity to tell their stories and to meet the Duke and Duchess. There was great energy in the room”.

“we know the type of work we do makes a real impact on young people, so this showcase opportunity was one that we value”.
 
For more information about Positive Youth Foundation, visit their website: www.positiveyouthfoundation.org
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