The Young Foundation was commissioned by End Youth Homelessness to evaluate their Transforming Futures Programme, funded by the H&M Foundation. The programme helps young people find their way into education, employment or training (EET) by providing them with personalised job coaching and access to a bursary fund.
The fund is used to overcome the financial barriers destitute young people encounter when attempting to access EET such as prices for training courses or travel costs.
The 3-year programme which is set to finish in August 2019, was delivered by four different charities across the UK:
- Aberdeen Foyer in Aberdeen
- The Benjamin Foundation in Norfolk
- 1625 Independent People in Bristol
- Roundabout in Sheffield
In total, 233 young people were supported by the programme and 176 have accessed EET to date. The aim of this evaluation was to explore the impact the support has had on young people’s lives, the factors for success and the lessons that can be learned for future replication.
This is why from May to June 2019, The Young Foundation visited the four locations and spoke to 11 members of staff and 21 young people participating in the programme.
The inclusion of a range of voices into the evaluation revealed that a multitude of factors contribute to the programme’s success.
The full report will be published in August 2019.