Our current activity centres around an outreach programme that runs over three years and is detailed below.
Year 1 & 2: after a series of introductory workshops running over 2-3 weeks, our young people enter the Live Programme which lasts two years and that ordinarily comprises the following:
Four sessions each year which are dedicated to resilience. Visits to prestigious events such as Wimbledon and institutions such as Buckingham Palace are devised to broaden our beneficiaries’ perspectives on life. Inspirational talks with leaders who have overcome their own challenges from business, the arts, sports, academia and government reinforce our young peoples’ sense of potential in their life and develop their confidence. Previous speakers have included Lewis Hamilton, Sir Richard Branson, or Muhammad Yunus.
Four sessions each year which are dedicated to soft skills. Examples range from visits learning how to broadcast at CNN or Sky News, to cooking lessons with Jamie Oliver, to debating sessions at the Oxford Union. Through these sessions our young people are introduced to a range of experiences that develop their curiosity and allow them to develop new passions and interests, while strengthening their team-building abilities, problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
Four sessions each year which are dedicated to offering insight into careers. Young people are taken to the offices of our partners such as Statoil or KPMG for CV and career workshops. They are encouraged to discuss their career prospects with employees and to explore the various paths that are available to them. These sessions also aim to give them the opportunity to develop solid contacts in a large variety of job sectors, from finance to advertising to media.
(Note that our programme for school pupils at risk follows a different path in year 1. Beneficiaries have an induction process that is school based and then attend a series of 6 visits across the year on STEAM related subjects.)
Year 3: in year 3 our beneficiaries enter the Young Leaders Programme which typically consists of:
A filming/editing project that runs over the course the year. It engages our young people’s creativity and develops their digital skills, providing them with invaluable qualities to enter the current job market.
One visit dedicated to international and cultural awareness, either abroad (such as attending the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo) or in the greater London area. The goal is to enhance their consciousness as global citizens and develop their critical thinking and sense of engagement with wider society (Please note we are not requesting fund for our trip to Oslo as this project is currently funded by our Norwegian partners).
Our Young Leaders deliver workshops in St Paul’s Way Trust School on higher education and career prospects, which gives them the opportunity to transmit the knowledge they acquired in years 1 and 2 to their younger peers and to build their confidence in public speaking.
We recognise the importance of education and provide weekly drop-in sessions. Our offices offer a safe space for young people to do their homework, build ties with other participants, and have fun.
Renaissance Foundation is committed to following a programme of STEAM based subjects, and we feel that this includes digital media and content creation. The young people on the programme are given the chance to get involved with filming, editing, photographing, interviewing and writing for the charity website. The young people also create vlogs of what they have personally been up to recently during the programme and upload them to the charity’s YouTube channel.