The Futures Academy is a transformational, strength focussed coaching and mentoring programme investing in and supporting young people with personal and social development, inclusion, engagement in education, employability and motivation.
The Futures Academy incorporates 3 elements DISCOVER, EVOLVE, ACHIEVE.
Lack of confidence and self esteem can manifest itself into negative behaviour and other social challenges. The Futures Academy invests in young people to develop skills, aspirations and raises ambition enabling young people to achieve goals and become assets to their local community and future employers.
The programme supports students through a unique accelerator programme, new experiences and enables them to have a shift in attitude to learning. or those who need to develop personal and social skills. Our programme matches each young person with a trained, DBS enhanced checked mentor from local business to focus on their strengths and grow their ambition and aspirations. We work with them to set goals and understand their responsibilities.
The programme can be adapted and is bespoke to suit the needs of students facing any barrier to engagement or achievement such as those who's confidence, social skills, resourcefulness, self esteem, decision making, attitude, attainment or who's home circumstances are affecting school life.
''Evidence strongly suggests that well organised, well executed mentoring programmes makes a difference to young people'' - The Careers & Enterprise Company.
The programme helps schools to meet their requirements by addressing the following Gatsby Benchmarks;
During the programme young people will meet with mentors both 1:1 and in groups on a weekly basis as well as some of the following activities - here is a sample of some of the activities which can be included in the programme;
In addition to these elements there are opportunities to 'bolt on' other interventions and activities to enhance the programme to best suit budgets and needs of the school and the students.
Every cohort comes with;
The outcomes achieved by the programme are;
Opportunities also for students to progress with accredited training to become peer mentors.
Additional activities can be arranged or developed as part of the programme on request and we are keen to hear how this can fit within your schools priorities and aims. Please get in touch for a discussion or to have your questions answered firstname.lastname@example.org
The Experience Lab is a project that gives guided, managed and accredited work experience to young people in a range of sectors. Ever wondered what it would be like to gain a specific job? The experience lab gives tasters through business takeover events. This means you gain all the experience of new recruits to a business and get to sample work life. Over a series of weeks young people learn about a specific business, its mission, its job roles, what skills are required, the tasks - and then for one full day they 'takeover' the business! This gives them 'live' work experience and the platform to showcase their skills and attributes in a unique way.
This projects empowers young people to undertake new challenges and experiences and get a taste of what it takes in the world of work. It supports schools with Gatsby Benchmarks and work experience requirements.
We are currently searching for more businesses up for the challenge!
Our empowerment days are designed to give your students a taste of the real world. Whether that be the world of work, greater self awareness, the community around them or the world of enterprise, social enterprise and citizenship.
Empowerment Days serve as a taster to our wider, more in-depth Futures Academy accelerator programme for young people.
We cover a range of topics to broaden the knowledge and awareness of young people, challenge thinking and spark imagination, and support enrichment. These activities help build aspiration and ambition in young people and give them access to mentors from the business and enterprise world.
The days are structured and supported by our trained employment mentors from local businesses, and open their eyes to new experiences and skills guided by mentors who can give guidance through their own experience, skills and attributes.
Our empowerment days showcase young peoples skills and supports them to develop self awareness, responsibility, creativity, communication, confidence and leadership.
These support careers activity, networking with local business and professionals and PSHE requirements
Please email us on email@example.com to book or request an information pack
Our Director, Steve Morley has used a “sporting model” as a motivational tool for over 25 years.
He has worked on the STREET GAMES project, engaged with challenging young people in Pupil referral units and has delivered projects to homeless and refugee groups. Steve is an experience sports coach holding Level 1 through to Level 3 qualifications in several sports including Athletics, Badminton, Baskin, Basketball, Boccia, Cricket and wheelchair basketball, table tennis and multi-sports.
As well coaching mainstream sports, Steve has a well-earned reputation for delivering adapted and inclusive sports. He has worked with the English Para-Badminton squad and has coached amputee athletes in addition to delivering adapted sporting activities into numerous SEN schools.
It was whilst developing his Inclusive and adapted sports that he noticed something interesting.
Whilst these “Soft Skills” sports were designed for people with disabilities, there simplicity made them a perfect hook for the reluctant or non-sporty young person.
Steve has had great success delivering these so-called soft skill sports and, in particular through his “Better Together” program. This initiative involved taking pupils from a mainstream school and introducing them to special needs children to play sports together. The effect on both sets of pupils were staggering.
“ I am seeing a side to my students that I’ve not seen before. A caring, compassionate side. It has encouraged better communication and leadership skills.” PE Teacher.
Unity Enterprises utilises all of Steve’s experience to incorporate a sporting element into our 14-week program as well as stand alone sports engagement sessions . We will offer a mix of mainstream and adapted sporting activities such as:
Mainstream and wheelchair Basketball but also BASKIN
Table Tennis but also adapted Table Tennis and Visually impaired tennis.
Various Visually impaired activities such as Goalball and VI football.
Mainstream Badminton as well as zonal badminton.
Parkour and multi-skills sports.
Mainstream volleyball but also sitting volleyball.
The activities have several very clear objectives;
For more information please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have extended our offer to suit young people in Years 5 & 6 to provide them with meaningful, fun and interactive sessions with local business and employers.
We have a specialist range of empowerment days to suit this age group and support with their enrichment. You can also sign up for our Eco Citizen award project to celebrate those children and young people who take their own action to care for the world we live in.
We are also developing our Futures Academy mentoring & coaching programme to support children to have encounters with the world of work and support them to grow aspirations.
If you are interested please get in touch with us.
The Eco Citizen Award is our new project in Partnership with the Ink Bin to celebrate children & young people who take social action on environmental issues, climate change and sustainability.
This will be rolled out in all primary and secondary schools shortly and there will be an opportunity to nominate your Eco Citizen. The winner will be selected by our expert panel from local businesses.
Kindly sponsored by Perrywood Garden Centres you can win trees and plants for your school.
Register for free here
There will also be a schools winner. If you would like to register your school you can find out more at www.ecocitizen.org.uk
Our Evolve event is has arrived and is taking place at the University of Essex. This is your opportunity to network with other local schools and education providers to explore innovative solutions to challenges schools face. We want your feedback to help shape and develop our interventions and services to best suit the needs of both the school and your students.
Refreshments will be provided and we would love to see you there.
Book your free place now.
All of our projects can be agile, flexible and able to be tailored for a target audience. We can adapt our projects to meet the need of young people and to support schools to fulfil their responsibility in engaging with young people who may be struggling to maintain attendance, those who may be lacking the skills to reach their potential or those who need motivation and a change in attitude to stay in education. Many activities we deliver can also provide positive experiences, confidence and address health and wellbeing in young people. You can read more about our projects here
We can provide accredited, bespoke training to young people to become positive peer mentors to their peers. This can have great impact on their skills, confidence, communication and leadership.
We can provide support to your school careers guidance functions to enhance the offer and experiences young people have. We can support you to engage the business community and offer accredited work experience.
We can offer bespoke workshops to upskill your staff and support CPD. We have a range of workshops available 'off the shelf' or we can tailor one to your needs. You can read more here. These workshops could also be delivered to students.