Welcome to Youth Point
Welcome to the Youth Point Leeds Pathways Prospectus page …
Youth Point is an organisation which supports young people in the community. We provide a wide variety of projects that give young people the information and support that they need to ease their transition into adulthood. Youth Point is part of the Cardigan Centre, an organisation that supports the wider community. Our work reduces the anti social behaviour that is sometimes experienced by people in the local area by providing young people with diversionary activities.
"Youth Point have been working wonders with some of our hard to reach youth and we are starting to see an improvement." (West Yorkshire Police)
Youth Point delivers a range of different support and activities for young people. These include the information drop-in services, individual support work, group work, sexual health support, workshops, programmes and training, accredited learning (the Directions and REAL+ Directions Programme) for 14 - 16 year olds, 16-19 Steps to Employment programme, Fusion Foundation Learning programme and volunteering opportunities.
"It's brill... the workers give you loads of stuff to do, and the chance to do qualifications... I've made lots of new friends" (Young Person)
As well as working with young people, Youth Point also provide accredited training programmes and support for individuals who want to work in Youth and Community Development.
Our post 16 programmes provide a flexible approach to promoting emotional literacy and well-being of young people in their transition into meaningful employment, further education or apprenticeships. The Fusion and Steps to Employment programme focus on many of the challenges encountered by young people in both a social and an educational context, and will provide them with an individual bespoke learning package.
Each session provides a variety of enrichment activities which will allow learners to build their confidence and motivation in order to seek, secure and sustain a meaningful progression. They will work towards nationally recognised qualifications which allow the flexibility to take assessments at any time, using methods to suit their learning aims and styles.
Youth Point facilities include: a fresh Blue Learning Zone with internet access, a Conexions access point and interactive white board, a second fresh and stimulating Purple Learning Zone which is a ‘non school’ learning environment, a purpose built modern computer room with ‘DJing’ technology, and a well presented private counselling/meeting/drop-in room for individual support or small groups.
The Directions and REAL+ Directions programme will be delivered through various techniques that will allow for the different learning styles within the group. These will include practical game play, group discussions, controlled life simulations, art based activities, worksheets, presentations and an end of term trip.
Each learner will meet with the 14-19 Learning Support Worker (their personal tutor for the duration of the course) before the start of the programme to develop an individual learning plan. Support is developed to suit the needs of each young person on the programme.
They will also have access to other services, including sign posting to a Connexions Personal Advisor, information and guidance, drop-in and a range of other activities.
What do our stakeholders and learners think:
“The quality of all materials and supporting documentation of Youth Point has improved considerably since the last progress check. The provision at Youth Point extends beyond the delivery of NOCN units and is far more comprehensive in supporting young people, as this is their strength. The visit demonstrated that learners on programme have been given every opportunity and support to achieve the full qualification. All recommendations given at the previous progress check had been implemented to a good standard. There is good use of weekly feedback and self review forms for the learners to set SMART targets…” (Children Leeds, 2011)
78% of our learners completed the 2011 14-16 Off-site Learning Questionnaire and 100% of them said they would recommend the course to other learners.
“In March, I started going to youth point every Friday with a group of girls from school, and I think I can say we became quite good friends which meant a lot to me as this was something I wanted to work on. At youth point, we did a lot of team work and work on feelings and confidence. Youth point is a lot different from school … you get a chance to express yourself, how you feel and talk about whatever you need to. All the staff at youth point are so friendly and welcoming and I felt like I could just talk to them, in confidence. Youth point has helped me realise the important things in life, and one of those things is talking about, and telling people how you feel and not keeping it bottled up. Youth point has given me the head start I needed to start concentrating on the things I need to do to improve my lifestyle. Youth point has helped me and taught me quite a few things, and I’d like to say thank you.” (Learner, 2011)
How to apply
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