Scheme for young people returns for fifth year

Tue 15 December 2015, 12:45 pm

An initiative to help young people into employment, education and training has moved into its fifth year.

Street Elite, run by the Change Foundation, helps vulnerable young people – particularly those in danger of becoming involved in crime – to improve their prospects.

The programme is funded by the Berkeley Foundation.

Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: "One of the often overlooked benefits that can come from regeneration are programmes like this that can offer genuine, one-to-one support for young people to set them on the path to a brighter future.

“The programme complements the work being done by Southwark Council to support young people into employment, education or training and we want to build on its past success to ensure even more young people can take advantage of the help on offer." 

An un-named young person told Southwark Council how the programme had helped: "Street Elite has motivated me to do things in life – not just do nothing everyday, waiting for something to happen. 

"Deep down I knew I had to sort things out but I was stuck in the routine of doing nothing. To be honest I didn’t have that much self-confidence but the programme taught me to believe in myself more and when I started to do that, I found work and I’m pretty happy with where my life is at right now."