2017 Grant Fund: Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project

The Wisdom Factory CIC is thrilled to award £1000 Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project in order to provide two volunteer mentors to support over 30 young people address their employment and education barriers.

BYEP works to inspire, motivate and empower young people in Birmingham through mentoring, education, training and intervention programmes and build self-esteem during the transition into adulthood. Levels of deprivation are high in Birmingham and the consequences are serious and can potentially last a lifetime. BYEP has a track record for implementing effective programmes of interventions.

BYEP will work with its accredited sister organisation to place young people with mentors to improve confidence, tackle debt and money management skills and address individual barriers through a person-centred approach. Mentor sessions are regular and tracked through each young person’s mentoring booklet over the four months of the project. All volunteers and staff are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

The Wisdom Factory CIC team are proud to support the mentors and volunteers in their commitment to supporting young people in Birmingham to tackle real, practical barriers in their lives. As an organisation our services aim to help people achieve their full potential and so this project really resonated with us. We wish the mentors and mentees every success and look forward to hearing more from them.

The Wisdom Factory CIC is a social enterprise creating wisdom from knowledge, skills and experience for community benefit. At least 5% of turnover is set aside for a grant-making fund that will be allocated to Birmingham good causes in the spring of each year, just after the company’s year-end. And we’re based in an old factory.

My name is Natasha Hettihewa-Young and I am a trainer with The Wisdom Factory CIC as well as a psychotherapist in the NHS.