Thomas International are committed to changing the lives of young people and we are pleased to share our latest project helping students discover their true potential with Action4Youth.
Who are Action4Youth?
Action4Youth is a charity based in Aylesbury, operating throughout Buckinghamshire and into the surrounding counties of Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
Their aim is to inspire young people, whatever their background, ability or disability through fun, transformational experiences that not only encourage them to grow as individuals, but also build personal confidence, setting them new horizons from the perspective of what they can do, rather than what they can’t.
The Inspiration Programme
The latest programme from Action4Youth is designed to broaden the horizons, thinking and experience of young people in the community. It aims to make young people aware of how communities and society work, and understand their place within it and their future potential. It will encourage students to challenge their preconceptions, embrace new ways of thinking and explore the idea of self-expression, leadership and resilience.
The programme will fill skills gaps by creating opportunities for young people through direct and meaningful experiences, with unique and unprecedented access to five important elements of the community: business, arts and culture, police and criminal justice, the charity sector and personal health and wellbeing.
The programme is an NCFE certificated personal development course and, therefore, a valuable addition to a young person’s CV and personal statement.
The power of self-awareness
As part of this exciting project, Thomas International will be providing all participating students with complimentary psychometric assessments to support their development in terms of self-awareness, confidence and emotional intelligence.
Martin Reed, Chairman of Thomas International, is incredibly passionate about supporting the development of young people and comments,
As a business leader, I am 100% committed to giving young people every opportunity to succeed in life. By using Thomas assessments in Action4Youth’s latest programme, these young people will learn how to interact with different personalities in different contexts and be given a competitive advantage as they develop into adulthood.
Throughout the programme, students will take a Personal Profile Analysis Student (PPA Student). This assessment is specifically designed to give insight into the behavioural style of young people. It identifies strengths, motivators, preferred communication styles, areas to develop and how well young people respond to pressure.
By giving the students this level of self-awareness, they will not only be able to implement what they have learned into the various activities they undertake during the programme, but also take forward as they make further education choices and then move into employment.
Participants of The Inspiration Programme will also get the opportunity to take the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) at the beginning and end of the project. This assessment looks at how well students understand and manage their emotions, how well they interpret and deal with the emotions of others and how they use this knowledge to manage relationships. It will also equip the students with the tools to understand their strengths and limitations, how they react to pressure, how well they can develop new relationships and how self-motivated and adaptable they are.
By taking these two assessments throughout The Inspiration Programme, we will be able to track the development and any changes in their behaviours, how they view their emotional capabilities and discuss what this means to them through structured feedback sessions.
Giving students this level of self-awareness at such an early age will only serve them well as they traverse the challenges and decision making of not just school, but when they go into the world of work. – Martin Reed, Chairman of Thomas International
Are you interested in the work we are doing with Action4Youth, or would you like to find out how you can get involved? Email the team on [email protected] or call us on 01628 475 366.
Official press launch
On Thursday 21st September 2017, Martin Reed attended the official press launch of The Inspiration Programme at Action4Youth's annual awards ceremony, alongside Derek Redmond, Group Performance Director at Thomas International and Thomas Consultant, Naomi Riches MBE.
Jennifer Cameron, Action4Youth’s Chief Executive opened the evening, commenting:
“The idea of the Inspiration Programme is to fill the gaps in existing provision by creating opportunities for young people, through direct and meaningful experiences with unique access to five important elements of our community. This programme will help them find out more about themselves, develop self-confidence and learn some very important soft skills.
John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons also joined Jenifer on stage to say a few words about the importance of Action4Youth's work, and their impact on the community.
I’m passionate about opportunities for young people to engage, to become inspired, and to take part in volunteering activities that are fun, stimulating, and provide vital skills. Action4Youth, as the facilitator of this, do a wonderful job in putting together really well thought-through programmes from which young people can benefit. - John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons
Read more about the press launch here