We have seen how a programme of well-designed character development activities can engage young people who have proved difficult to engage in more traditional ways. How the desire to stay on the programme has kept them turning up at school and focused, when they would otherwise not. How the feeling of succeeding at something triggers a desire to be successful more often. How this shift in character and mindset enables them to embrace a whole set of life-skills that can only be taught outside the classroom, preparing them for their future. And how this whole process helps our young people to embrace education, employment and training, to become good citizens, role models and future leaders while also helping more of our schools to move towards ‘Outstanding’.
This is a prime example of acorns to oak trees and why we feel it is important that 100% of the funds we generate through your generosity is invested directly in programmes for young people.
Charlie Rigby, Founder of The Challenger Trust