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Ben Kernighan, Chief Executive
Tuesday 30th June 2020
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At Leap, we believe that with compelling evidence, lived experience and a strong platform, young people can shape policy and practice and co-create solutions to the problems faced by their generation. 

Today, we have joined 151 other children's sector organisations, calling on the government to put children and young people at the heart of the coronavirus recovery. Many of the young people that Leap works with have faced considerable trauma in the past, and this crisis has the potential to add to that trauma. Supporting young people to be resilient in the face of the many challenges that the virus presents will be crucial.

Below are two examples of how we are supporting young people and adult professionals over the next month to navigate these challenges and changes:
 

1. Opportunities for London-based youth practitioners to join and experience a free online taster session 

 

For the past four weeks, our team, in partnership with London Youth and Clore Social Leadership, have been developing an innovative leadership programme for youth practitioners working across the capital. The Rise Up programme is designed to invest in the future leaders of youth services and to enhance the skills of adult professionals working with young people at risk of, or affected by, violence.

As one of the core partners, we are hosting three taster sessions next month for those professionals working with young people. They are:

Please note spaces are limited for each session and so we encourage interested applicants to visit the Rise Up! Leadership web page to secure their place on the taster sessions.

2. Delivering our conflict management frameworks to younger young people and developing resources for parents and teachers supporting children transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7 this summer

 

In our 2020 - 2024 strategy, we made a new commitment to expand our work to support younger young people to better manage conflict in their lives. We are digitally delivering to young people involved in the West London Zone programme across 4 schools. 

Towards the end of July we will be publishing what we have learnt from delivering to this age group and designing a digital workbook where teachers, parents and guardians can use our activities to help children feel more confident about starting secondary school.

We need to support young people to explore who they are, to be confident in who they are and to develop resilience through a better understanding of their thoughts and emotions.

I hope in reading what we are up to next month that there will be opportunities for you to engage with and support Leap to create a world in which young people are not only safe, but can also thrive.

 

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