Year Here

Year Here is a new type of gap year that challenges young people to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard. Year Here's fellows are at the forefront of everything we do. The programme is structured to allow them to shape and lead their activities wherever possible. We have a child protection policy that outlines Year Here's commitment to child protection and safeguarding. We have guidance for staff and volunteers relating to how to act if they suspect that one of our participants, or any other child or young person they come into contact with, is the victim of neglect, abuse (physical, sexual or emotional) or bullying (including cyberbullying). We are a small organisation but we are absolutely committed to recruiting highly skilled workers and volunteers with a commitment to supporting young people achieve their potential in a supportive environment. Year Here is a rigorous social innovation curriculum, aiming to inculcate a range of attitudes, skills and knowledge to prepare young people for adulthood and social leadership. Through challenges, training, mentoring and self-directed learning, we create a transformative learning environment for our participants. Year Here participants' leadership of projects (i.e. those that we would seek Think Big support for) is a central part of the programme and, as such, all Year Here staff will be supporting them to design, deliver and evaluate those projects to the best of their ability. All our participants also have a placement mentor and a programme mentor with whom they can discuss their general wellbeing. At two points during the Year Here programme, we have public shows of our participants' work. This is a chance to celebrate and recognise their learning and achievements with us. Our participants are also encouraged to blog about their experiences in order to draw attention to their role as young social leaders - and the social issues that they tackle. We absolutely believe that giving young people a profound learning experience starts with giving them high levels of responsibility - not setting them up for failure but giving them the space and freedom to try new things and get out of their comfort zone. We do this with a challenge-based approach. During their frontline service placement, we challenge them to tell the stories of the people they work with through creative media. During the entrepreneurship lab, we challenge them to come up with solutions to specific social problems; working in groups to develop, prototype and launch new ideas for social change in their communities.
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