Why our work matters
We work with young people in Hull, The East Riding, and North Lincolnshire. This area is amongst the most disadvantaged areas of the UK with a multi-generational unemployment problem.
40% of unemployed individuals are dyslexic and a significant percentage of the prison population are dyslexic.
The creative sector is the UK's largest growing sector and our belief that this is a sector in which these young people can excel is endorsed by the Special Educational Needs (SEN) support workers with whom we have worked.
Our existing work with these participants addresses 3 areas that can be a significant factor in breaking patterns of behaviour:
YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ARE often CREATIVELY INCLINED, BUT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED AND NURTURED AT SCHOOL.
Our projects work with the skills our young people have a natural flare for without focusing on their learning difficulties, helping them feel positively empowered, recognising and rejoicing in their successes, and raising their aspirations.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS ARE OFTEN AN AREA OF LIMITED DEVELOPMENT FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.
Experience shows that our methods have a positive impact in this by giving children time and allowing them to build confidence in their skills. We have seen young people whose verbal communication was almost non-existent in week 1 standing up and promoting/selling their work by week 6.
YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ARE 5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED AS ADULTS.
Evidence shows that early interventions can have a positive impact on future opportunities. Our projects are designed to develop the life skills that employers value the most, and which these young people often excel at, given the opportunity.