As a Charity we needed a clear commitment for young people to be safe and secure, treated fairly, confident, and ambitious for their futures. When young people have a sense of belonging, communities are stronger. Where they feel valued young people become partners and leaders in their own learning, to help them gain influence over issues they are concerned about and to engage them with democratic processes.
Ultimately, what we offer to our young community will allow all who choose to participate opportunity to learn about themselves and others, and channel their energy into something enjoyable, constructive, and personally rewarding. It will help them find the motivation and inspiration to develop their abilities and a positive frame of mind, so they can overcome struggles and live life to its fullest.
We have chosen to recognise 3 different stages of development and provide age appropriate activities to reflect this. Age appropriate refers to a developmental concept whereby certain activities may be deemed appropriate or inappropriate to a child or teen’s “stage” or level of development. A lack of exposure to age-appropriate activities and experiences are commonly thought to prevent a child or teen from gaining the skills necessary for their current and thus their next stage of development.
Although every child or teen develops in a unique way, all young people are expected to interact with their environment at an age-appropriate level. It is our responsibility to provision activities, education or play that is age appropriate, current, works in tandem with education, home life, and social environments.
With the above taken into consideration we have chosen to provide three specific programmes commencing July 2022 to reflect age, learning and development .
Our HYPE programme will be directly targeted at children above the age of 4 and under the age of 11, yet to attend secondary school and up to school year 6.
The CHOICES programme has been developed to provide our young teens (above the age of 11 and up to and including the age of 16), currently attending secondary school up to school year 11.
The CROSS-ROADS programme is for those who have completed secondary school aged above 16 and up to and including the age of 19 years.