The programme offers intensive support to people who are often living on the edge of gangs and crime. It helps them to gain the confidence and skills they need to move on into work or further education.
The young people take part in a nine month programme. This starts with an intensive 12 week sports based training and mentoring scheme. They gain coaching qualifications which they then put into practice on local housing estates. Finally, they help to organise a one day sports festival, involving dozens of local schools and hundred of young people across their borough.
Every young adult that completes Street Elite is offered work a placement with the Berkeley Group. So far, 79% of them successfully move on into employment, education or training at a cost of £2,515 per person.
Carwayne Watt got involved in Street Elite through the probation service when she was in prison. "I told them that I've always wanted to work with young people and that's when they gave me the opportunity to get with Street Elite. What I really enjoy about the programme is the outside activities and meeting other companies and different young people. My ambition is to be running my own young people's club."
Street Elite is independently evaluated each year by researchers from Oxford Brookes. The reports from Year 1, Year 2,Year 3 and Year 4 can be found online. For the fifth year of Street Elite a report was commissioned, summarising a five-year research project evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the programme, which you can read here.
The programme is delivered by the Change Foundation and the Berkeley Foundation, with support from the Met Police.
You can read about one of the programmes success stories here.