£130k invested in West Yorkshire’s Youth

We’ve partnered with Go Higher West Yorkshire to distribute £130,000 in grants to 14 fantastic projects developing young people’s knowledge of the benefits of Higher Education and helping them negotiate the challenges of accessing and succeeding in college or university life.

Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) is a partnership of twelve Higher Education providers which aims to prepare people for further learning.  Utilising our knowledge of the Third Sector and expertise as grant-makers, GHWY has has partnered with the Foundation to ensure funds reach impactful projects supporting young people  progress into Higher Education from areas where rates of progression are currently low.

This month, we celebrated with successful applicants at a special event at the St George’s Centre to share best practise, exchange project details and develop networks and contacts to build on for the future. Together, these 14 projects will help enable young people to make informed choices about their next steps in education as well as supporting parents, carers and other family members.

Helen Sykes from Go Higher West Yorkshire, said: “Through our partnership with Leeds Community Foundation we have gained insight into the amazing community groups and charities that support our local communities across the region. We strongly believe that community projects can play a vital role in informing young people from a range of backgrounds about the opportunities that Higher Education can bring. It has been fantastic to meet with all the applicants and hear first-hand how their funding will not only raise awareness of Higher Education with young people and their families but will help to build the confidence and resilience of young people in their everyday lives.”

Successful projects include:

–          Commonsense Initiative in Bradford hosting a two-day residential visit combining adventure and education for young women. The project aims to develop confidence and resilience and prepare attendees for Higher Education.

–          Heads Together Productions in Leeds using community radio as a tool to develop a variety of broadcasts that consider how Higher Education works and how young people can gain access to it.

–          Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre hosting a range of workshops and visits with young women in Keighley’s Pakistani community to tackle the misconceptions around Higher Education and address cultural and religious norms that can hinder educational progression.

–          Spectrum People in Wakefield working with local students, cadets and scouts to produce an app or website which contains Higher Education information. Participants will split into groups and will present their ideas to family members and professionals in a “Dragons Den” style event.