The Business Leadership Academy is committed to and engaged in helping disadvantaged and disenfranchised youth in the UK
Neil Laughton founded the Next Generation programme in 2006 in collaboration with the British Exploring Society and Catch22, a youth services charity.Neil leads an annual outreach programme that engages with up to 70 young people aged 16-21 all of whom are in the Care System, at risk and struggling to cope with modern society.
21 year old Suzy Brown joined the programme because she was bored. Suzy is a recovering drug addict and reformed dealer who has been brought up in no fewer than 38 different care homes since the age of eight. Members of her close family are in prison and her role models are mostly involved in gangs. Suzy has successfully completed this year's programme including a challenging 165 km trekking expedition across the Sinai Desert this summer. She took the opportunity to improve her self-esteem, develop her soft skills and increase her chances of being employed. She is currently working at a film production company in London as an apprentice.
The Next Generation programme is entirely privately funded and comprises 3 phases:
Training and Development - 12 days in the UK learning how to survive and thrive in the wild
Adventurous Expedition - 21 day scientific exploration project in a foreign country
Work Experience - 6 days of workshops as a step towards a more positive future
The programme has an impressive track record of re-engagement. In 2011, three months after completion of Phase 3, 94% of the young people were in employment, education or training. In September 2012 the figure was 96%. In 2013 seventy young people will commence a potentially life-changing opportunity and participate in an adventurous scientific expedition to Iceland. If you would like to be a volunteer on the programme, financially sponsor a child or provide a work experience opportunity, we would love to hear from you.
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