Since the charity was established in 2008, Hope for the Young has been promoting education and helping young people to achieve their potential through mentoring, advocacy, and financial support.
Prior to the launch of Hope for the Young in 2008, our current Chair of Trustees, Dr Saedi, was part of a team of health professionals who set up and ran a mental health service for unaccompanied asylum-seekers in London. Three years later, when funding from the Department of Health came to an end, Hope for the Young was established to continue reaching out to the young people left without support.
Since then, Hope for the Young has grown significantly from a small grant-making charity led entirely by its trustees, to an organisation that reached 271 young people in 2020, with four staff members, 70 volunteers, and a clear mission to remove the obstacles to young refugees’ education and wellbeing.
I felt like the crushing weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders…The generosity I was bestowed with was a turning point at a truly harrowing time. The contribution Hope for the Young has made and continues to make in my life will never be forgotten.
grants awarded to young people to access further and higher education
of young people either completed or continued their studies after receiving a grant in 2020.
hours of tailored one-to-one mentoring support provided to young refugees
of young people said their English had improved as a result of mentoring
of young people reported feeling less isolated as a result of mentoring
of young people said mentoring had helped them progress in education
of young people reported an increase in confidence after 6 months of mentoring
young people received emergency supplies from us throughout Covid-19
of young people said that mentoring had shown them new opportunities and services
Through mentoring I have been inspired by the resilience and adaptability of my mentee. Even in the face of an uncertain future, exacerbated by the pandemic, I am consistently reminded that there is something new to be learned each day, and opportunities for growth and connection with others in the challenges we face.
After arriving in the UK alone at the age of 14, and living in limbo for over 9 years without the support he needed, meeting Ella each week finally enabled Yousef to progress with his education, access volunteering opportunities, and build their confidence he needed to start rebuilding his life.
Being a small charity, our supporters see directly where their money is going and how it impacts the lives of young refugees and asylum-seekers when they arrive in the UK. If you would like to discuss how to get involved please contact our CEO, Matt Blacker, at firstname.lastname@example.org