Power2 is a unique organisation that supports at-risk young people, helping them build care, compassion and a sense of responsibility.
Power2 supports children and young people across the country to succeed in life by giving them the soft skills and self-belief they need to understand who they are, who they can become and what they can achieve. Power2's mission is to inspire disengaged young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) to succeed in school, work and relationships.
Their approach raises the aspirations of young people aged 13-17, by pairing them as a mentor and role model with a nursery child, aged 3-5, who is in need of extra guidance and support.
This transformative work experience, combined with classroom training, teaches the young people interpersonal skills and helps build their sense of responsibility. Ultimately, this supports positive decision-making about their education, health and future.
Many of the 3-5 year olds who are matched with an older mentor have social, emotional or behavioural issues. These children see progress in key developmental areas as a result of the programme, including making four times the progress in communication and language as their peers.
Through the support of the Berkeley Foundation, Power2 are running four new programmes in the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Newham and Southwark. They are working with a total of 64 children and young people in areas characterised by poor educational attainment and high levels of poverty, along with high rates of young people not in education, employment or training.