Jumpstart Youth works with local partners who oversee each group of young people. We do this because these organisations provide the vital links to young people which Jumpstart Youth alone could not develop. This collaborative partnership ensures that the groups’ activities are overseen and the grants provided are used as expected. Local partners could include charities, community groups or schools.
Organisations can become linked with Jumpstart Youth providing they provide help or support to young people. We work with partners on a voluntary basis which ensures that all of the financial grant provided is used solely to fund the business project.
Claremont High School
Cape Town, South Africa
The first partner project undertaken by Jumpstart Youth was with Claremont High School. For many of the students at the school they will be the first person in their family to study towards further education. When asked why the school had decided to become involved with Jumpstart Youth, they told us that:
“One of the objectives of Claremont High School is to provide learners with opportunities to grow and become great leaders in their communities. The Jumpstart programme will assist us in doing so. We want the learners to develop the necessary skills to create and bring to life new technologies, products and services and create new markets as well as become innovators in their own right. We look forward to pioneering the Jumpstart programme at our school.”
On presentation of the project, thirty students put themselves forward to be involved with it. MBA students from the University of Cape Town are acting as mentors to the group. We are excited at the prospect of what they will create!
English+ offers free weekly English classes, and other activities, to those who are isolated through lack of English language skills to build confidence, develop friendships and community and access other support as necessary to enable them to integrate into their local community.
When approached to be involved with a Jumpstart Youth project, English+ felt that it could be a very positive activity which would compliment the mission of the organisation, with members developing their English language and other skills through the process of the project.
We will be running a project with Future Projects based in Norwich very soon. Future Projects is a community based charity in Norwich which delivers services in order help citizens overcome social exclusion and enrich their lives. Created in 2000, the charity now employs thirty members of staff and works with hundreds of volunteers to, “Engage, Inspire and then Support our clients and service users to overcome their barriers and achieve their aspirations..”