The Young Academy

We believe that social ventures have a central role in reducing entrenched inequality. In the field of education, we believe they can sever the link between a child’s background and their life chances.

The Young Academy helps to develop social enterprises that have potential to benefit disadvantaged young people in England, by providing an intensive programme of business support and access to financial investment.

Find out more about the programme on the Young Academy website.

 

London 2015

  1. Inventing Futures provides workshops that build powerful life skills for 9-to-24 year olds and through this aims to drive systemic change in education. www.inventingfutures.org @InventFutures
  1. Fearless Futures provides workshops to help women and girls know their rights, believe in their worth and identify, and challenge gender barriers in their own way, and in doing so, to fulfil their highest potential and move towards a gender-equal world. www.fearlessfutures.org @fearlessfutures
  1. Smart School Councils Community provides help for young people to become active, democratic and employable citizens.  www.smartschoolcouncils.org.uk @SSCCTY
  1. Futureversity work in partnership with schools, businesses, parents and young people, to positively utilise the holiday periods to minimise learning loss and help young people to develop and strengthen the non-academic (soft) skills they need in order to become work-ready. www.futureversity.org @futureversity
  1. Potentially helps to improve the development of soft and employability skills, as well as educational attainment of learners, by bringing together psychology and data science. www.potential.ly @potentiallyCo
  1. 1UP brings schools, business and local communities together to close the attainment gap and help disadvantaged, hard-to-reach young people realise their potential. @1up_collective
  1. Acorn Aspirations inspires and nurtures young entrepreneurship in primary and secondary school-aged children through online tools, such as the dedicated crowdfunding platform AcornFund, tailored mentoring support and ongoing business support. www.acornaspirations.co.uk @AcornAspiration
  1. Inclusive Classrooms provides ways to transform the role of teaching assistants in mainstream primary schools across the UK. www.inclusiveclassrooms.co.uk @incl_classrooms
  1. PiC helps to improve access to university and jobs for those from less privileged backgrounds through technology. www.pic.is @picdotis
  1. Essential Safeguarding helps to reduce domestic abuse within teenage relationships so young people feel safe in school and able to learn to reach their full potential. www.essentialsafeguarding.co.uk @EssSafeguard
  1. Teacher Development Trust helps to improve the quality of professional development experienced by teachers across the UK. www.tdtrust.org @TeacherDevTrust
  1. Inspirational Youth helps to embed life and employability skills into the curriculum to ensure all young people have the ability to reach their true potential in education and employment. www.inspirationalyouth.org @iyeducate

 

Nottingham 2014

  1. Think for the Future helps to transform and strengthen PSHCE and safeguarding within the UK’s education system to prevent external social factors from being a barrier to a young person’s education, well-being and future. Also to work directly with young people who are already experiencing these barriers and to re-integrate them back into education so they can achieve their full potential. thinkforthefuture.co.uk @TFTFuture
  1. 3-2-1 Ignition* provides a space for the expression of social curiosity and an education programme designed to shift perceptions of STEM subjects – that they can be creative and engaging, both in schools and in other public and community settings. https://ignitionpopupshop.wordpress.com/ @IgniteFutures
  1. Etude Music provides a wide and accessible range of courses to suit need with a strong focus on employability and enterprise. @Etude_Music
  1. Green Scene Education provides development and knowledge of practical horticultural skills, food production, environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation. http://www.greensceneeducation.co.uk/ @GreenSceneE
  1. ImageMii provides a school-based image-sharing platform which aims to furnish the same opportunity of self-expression afforded to highly ‘literate’ young people to those of lower ability levels through the use of images and ‘visual literacy’, which will provide students with an alternative and more accessible method of communication and education.
  1. Second Chance Learning Academy (SCLA) provides training, support and resources for organisations to empower, enable and equip learners to create their own positive future. http://www.scla.org.uk/ @sclaUK
  1. Community Creatives provides creative, arts and media participatory activities that are based around building confidence, developing a wide range of skills, and providing young people with the tools to improve their engagement with education and to improve their progress in learning.

London 2014

  1. BoxUpCrime provides boxing, education, support for start-ups and mentoring for young people who are involved, or at risk of becoming involved, in crime. boxupcrime.org @BoxUpCrime
  1. Class Careers provides a platform to connect young talent directly with employers through one-to-one online workshops. http://www.classcareers.co.uk@ClassCareers
  1. Ada National College for Digital Skills (Ada) provides support to young people, especially women and those from tougher backgrounds, into highly skilled digital jobs. Ada uses advanced digital skills as a tool for social mobility. http://www.adacollege.org.uk/ @AdaCollege
  1. EduKit provides an online platform that helps schools locate voluntary organisations for young people that are able to provide appropriate personal-development supporthttps://www.edukit.org.uk@EduKitters
  1. Lesson Wire provides an online platform that helps schools locate voluntary organisations for young people that are able to provide appropriate personal-development support. @TheLessonWire
  1. Right to Succeed helps to develop, pilot and scale solutions to the problems of education inequality that arise when where system failure meets poverty. http://righttosucceed.org.uk @Right2Succeed
  1. Proversity (org) is a digital university for young people, built by employers, it provides free courses to improve the technical and commercial skills and employability of young people leaving school, college and university. http://www.proversity.org/en/ @proversity_org
  1. TalentEd brings together bright students and expert teachers in small groups to improve grades and future options, enabling expert teachers to use their qualifications and experience to give hundreds of bright young people from low income backgrounds personalised support. http://talent-ed.uk/ @TalentEd
  1. Think for the Future helps to transform and strengthen PSHCE and safeguarding within the UK’s education system to prevent external social factors from being a barrier to a young person’s education, well-being and future. Also to work directly with young people who are already experiencing these barriers and to re-integrate them back into education so they can achieve their full potential. thinkforthefuture.co.uk  @TFTFuture
  1. Staffrm provides an online community that helps teachers share their professional learning and practice to improve pupils’ experiences. http://staffrm.io/stories/discover @staffrm
  1. Surf and Turf helps young people develop their digital technology skills through intensive holiday camps that combine tech with science, engineering, maths and sport. http://www.surfandturf.org.uk/ @surfandturftech