Our final grant in 2018 was to Leap - they are an award-winning national charity that works with young people aged 11-25 who are struggling with conflict. Leap’s vision is that every young person in conflict has a route to positive support that can transform their opportunities.
This grant helped to fund ten young people from Depaul to attend Leap’s three-day Leadership course. The Leadership course is part of Leap’s flagship community-based programme, Improving Prospects, designed to give young people an insight into the causes and consequences of conflict, as well as develop their capabilities and confidence to manage personal ad interpersonal conflict.
The Leadership element is a three-day course focused on young people’s understanding and self-awareness of conflict, specifically in relation to choices and responsibilities. Young people learn to recognise negative influences and behaviours and set immediate goals for change. They also benefit from intensive and personalised one-to-one sessions with project staff before, during and after training. These increase engagement, deepen learning and support progression. Courses are delivered in partnership with other organisation already working with hard-to-reach young people.
Improving Prospects helps young people to transform their lives: 90% of graduates feel that Leap has made a positive difference to where they are in their lives one year after taking part.
A recent study (undertaken by Brathay Trust Research Hub) involved analysis of
data for 92 young people who took part in Improving Prospects between March 2016 and February 2017, and follow-up interviews with 35 graduates.
• 83% agreed that Improving Prospects helped them to learn how to resolve conflict
• 80% had succeeded in resolving conflict since graduation, and 71% had helped others involved in conflict
• 91% will continue to use what they have learnt to manage conflict in their lives
• 78% agreed that training helped them make positive choices about relationships, friendships and networks
• 89% were more engaged in education, employment or training compared with 74% at the start
• 80% agreed that training had helped them to make progress in achieving their goals