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Working for newly arrived young people

Refugee and asylum-seeking young people who have made the difficult journey to the UK are saddled with many challenges common to starting a life somewhere new.

In addition to being adversely affected by budget cuts to tailored learning provision in schools, these young people often miss their chance to progress at a natural pace and reach their fullest potential.

This is where we come in: Springboard Youth Academy bridges the gap to provide the necessary support that is lacking in the mainstream school system.

Before Springboard everything was boring and stressful. I now see new people and learn new things every day… I feel more confident and hopeful. I would like to come back and teach [new] people on Springboard.

- Springboard Graduate

How do we achieve this?

We’re doing things differently.

Our programmes have three key features:

Participatory learning allows young people to learn through doing, using storytelling techniques, dramatic arts exercises and workshop-style teaching to rehearse for life.

Life skills related to settling comfortably in the UK are included in our programmes. We’re talking everything from how to recycle, to navigating TfL, to sexual health literacy, to understanding their legal rights and more.

Holistic support is offered to all young people in the form of wellbeing support to improve their mental health, advocacy to help them access services, one-to-one mentoring to encourage pathway planning, as well as sports and field trips to boost their physical health and teamwork skills.

It has been very good to speak English every day. Before I came here, I didn’t get a chance. I feel I will learn better at college because of this.

- Springboard Graduate

Make a referral

We’re currently accepting referrals for our Saturday programme and the February half-term

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