Street LeagueRoyaume-Uni United Kingdom
Using the power of sport to engage with long-term unemployed youth living in disadvantaged areas in the UK and equipping them to gain sustained employment.
Street League uses sport to help their work to end structural youth unemployment by teaching young people essential workplace skills such as teamwork, leadership, discipline and offering competitive free educational support and job training to unemployed young people through their Academy. After successful completion of the program, participants progress into education, training, or employment. Having expanded its operations from 3 cities in 2010 to 15 across cities England and Scotland, Street League is one of the fastest growing charities in the UK. By 2019, the organization aims to support 2,300 young people in attaining employment per year.
Key facts Éléments Clés
Football, Dance-fit and Fitness
Street League engages youth by offering football, dancing and fitness-based sport activities where youth not only have fun and stay in shape but - with the support of staff - they also build their confidence and motivation. Through day-to-day interactions, the team has the opportunity to learn about the needs and aspirations of program participants before making a recommendation of whether or not they should progress to Street League’s core training program, The Academy.
Youth selected to move onto The Academy are provided with employability courses, soft skills training and 1-on-1 mentoring and career advice. Participating youth take nationally recognized qualifications and participate in two-week work placements in order to build experience in the field of their interest. The Academy proved successful in 2015-2016, with over 75% of participants progressing into employment, education or training.
Street League understands that their outcomes are only impactful if they are sustained. In order to create lasting social change, Street League provides support to participants for up to six months postacademy to ensure continuous progression. Based on 2015/2016 results, 55% of academy participants sustained their employment outcomes for six months or longer. For the remaining 45% of participants, the program enables staff members to identify disengagement and support youth’s return to training.