Springboard Youth Academy
A one-stop shop for young people who have recently arrived IN the UK
Young asylum-seekers and refugees who have made the difficult journey to the UK – especially those who come alone – are saddled with many challenges common to starting a life somewhere new. Though they are required to attend school, more often than not, they aren’t provided with the language and psychological support necessary to succeed in their new circumstances. They are simply not set up to thrive. Coupled with budget cuts to tailored learning provision in schools, these young people often miss their chance to progress at a natural pace and to reach their fullest potential.
Where we come in
Springboard Youth Academy bridges the gap to provide the necessary support that is lacking in the mainstream school system. We run a summer programme that offers an innovative space for teenaged refugees and asylum-seekers who have just arrived in the UK, where they can make friends and settle into British life before the begin school. Young people learn life skills and practice English through a bespoke intensive storytelling and dramatic arts ESOL programme, and also have academic, mental health, mentoring support and more worked into their weekly timetable. Using learning and wellbeing outcomes to measure progress, Springboard Youth Academy takes a holistic approach to education for newly arrived young people, providing them with a safe space to make friends and settle into British life.
How it works
Our young people attend an action-packed month of educational and social activities that cater to their support needs and specific academic requirements, while preparing them for the upcoming challenge of starting school in the UK. They also have the chance to meet other kids with similar experiences, learn about life in the UK and the services available to them, be inspired by top tutors and become mentally prepared for the year ahead!
The Academy runs from 31 July to 1 September 2017. Referrals can be made from April 2017.