All over the world millions of children and young people have an extremely difficult start to life, from missing out on basic education to being exposed to violence, exploitation and abuse. In the UK, children and young people that miss school and fail to reach their potential are often coping with difficult life experiences, like caring for an adult, or living with parents who are battling substance or alcohol use.
We have the largest generation of young people in the world ever. This creates particular challenges, like creating enough jobs, but there’s also huge opportunity. Young people have a vast amount of creativity, ideas, energy and hope. They have the potential to be a force for positive change. We want to facilitate and help young people be at the forefront of change.
Evidence suggests that support early on in life produces happier, more secure and productive young adults. Through our funding, we want to help children and young people move successfully through crucial key life transitions - into school, into adolescence and into a fulfilled and positive adulthood.
We improve access to quality education and life skills by supporting work that:
Children all over the world are exposed to violence and exploitation including trafficking, gender-based violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, child labour and armed conflict. This can destroy a young person’s physical and mental health, affecting them long into adulthood. We believe children and young people should be protected and empowered so they can shape their own futures. We help to achieve this through supporting work that:
Working in the UK and internationally, we support projects that use innovative new ideas that help to give young people a voice through initiatives that: