Our charitable mission
Our mission is to give disadvantaged young Londoners the skills and opportunities to get a decent job and escape the threat of poverty.
A city where no child grows up to live in poverty. The way out of poverty is a decent job.
With central costs covered by our Trustees, we give every pound of every donation to projects helping London’s disadvantaged children.
In 2012 alone, we worked with 8,430 young Londoners and their families across our programme of 6 projects:
City Year London – academic mentoring
It’s Your Life – mentoring for at-risk children
Miss Dorothy – safety awareness
Shoreditch Citizens – community engagement
Unlocking Potential - literacy and numeracy with family support
Young London Working – employment opportunities
Our projects are designed to ensure that disadvantaged young Londoners are on the path to a decent job. We do that by aligning our projects with what employers tell us they want from a potential employee:
- Primary schools: numeracy, writing, reading and communications skills
- Secondary schools: employability skills, literacy and numeracy
Evidence: evidence is cruicial. We us datea on, for example, deomgraphics and educational attainment, to establish priorities and decide which projects to support. Read more.
Partnership: We work with communities, delivery partners, funders, local government and more – because no one wins unless we all win.
Making connections: We take the holistic approach which looks at relationships between, for example, educational achievement, health and employability.
Getting things done: Imlementation is critical. A good idea never changed anything by itself. You need to put it into action. We work with our delivery partners to measure and improve outcomes.
Magic Breakfast delivers free, healthy breakfast to primary schools with more than 50% free school meals. Hunger is a barrier to eduction and giving these children a good start to their day is critical to ensuring they reach their full potential at school.Magic Breakfast
Tech City Stars will equip 125 youngsters local to the Old St area with a digital apprenticeship and City & Guilds NVQ bespoke to the industry.Tech City Stars
Inspiring Reading places volunteers into schools to support children who are struggling with their reading. Inspring these children to read is critical element in our fight against child poverty in London.Inspiring Reading
Keeping children safe … It is well known that if children do not feel safe, they cannot learn to their full potential. The missdorothy.com programme educates children aged 7-11 on how to keep safe and manage the risks they may face at school, home,...Miss Dorothy
Connecting young people to real jobs … London offers many opportunities for young people to explore their talents and unlock their potential. However, existing provision for training and careers advice remains largely disconnected from employers...Young London Working
Positive role models … City Year London deploys diverse teams of 18-25 year old volunteers (known as corps members) into schools, to perform in-school and after-school programmes and to undertake civic engagement initiatives. Corps members serve...City Year
Prospects, not problems … The Place2Be is a school-based counseling service, dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of children, their families and the whole school community. Children today have all sorts of worries from friendships...The Place2Be Shoreditch Hub
Using sport to teach life skills … Working with young people aged 8-19 years old to help them engage in the schooling system and achieve their academic potential via a structured sports engagement programme using dance and table tennis. Delivered...Playing To Win