Project New Horizons
Project New Horizons helps young people find their way into education, employment or training by opening their eyes to a world of possibilities.
Our aim is to raise the aspirations and confidence of a group of disadvantaged young people from across the UK, giving them the skills and opportunities to secure employment and ultimately enabling them to achieve independence and greater self-esteem.
A new approach
Last year we ventured to Egypt and trekked across the Peninsula of the Sinai Desert. In 2011 we sailed a tall ship from Norway to London.
This year we took 48 young people to Iceland for a three-week expedition after a period of intensive training and preparation, during which they trekked to the Askja Volcano and beautiful Lake Mývatn. They learnt new skills such as GPS navigation and outdoor camp-craft - as well as teamwork in a challenging environment.
Support for the future
On their return to the UK the young people continued to be supported by their designated mentor for a further six months. While the expedition empowers the young people to grow in confidence, the support they receive after returning is vital in helping them to achieve their aspirations with practical solutions.
We give the young people access to Catch22 corporate partners at networking events to enable them to gain a better understanding of the world of work, which can lead to opportunities for work experience, apprenticeships or employment. Catch22 also provides employability workshops including CV-writing and interview techniques as part of the on-going mentoring support that the young people receive.
Over the past two years, Project New Horizons has supported 15 young people into employment, 32 into education and 14 into work placement or training.
In 2011 and 2012, the combined success rate was 94%.
Find out exactly what it's all about:
The above film was produced by Jonathon Maguire
Support Project New Horizons
The results of the programme demonstrate that this unique combination of intensive support in a challenging situation is working for this hard-to-reach group of young people. Catch22 wants to expand and grow Project New Horizons in order to provide more opportunities for young people.
To do this, we need your support. It costs £3,750 for each young person to complete the three phase project, giving them the chance to discover their potential through activities designed to build confidence and motivation, ultimately giving them the skills and aspirations to get on in life. Without intervention, a young person who is not in education, employment or training will cost the economy £9,000 a year on average.
We welcome the opportunity to present a full application and budget, and to discuss partnership opportunities to further support Project New Horizons.
Get in touch to find out how you can support this innovative programme today.
T: 020 7336 4816