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Street Elite

Street Elite is a sport-for-development programme delivered in partnership with The Change Foundation, which provides coaching and mentoring for young people on the edge of gangs and crime.

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Berkeley Foundation has supported the Street Elite programme, delivered by The Change Foundation, since 2013. Street Elite provides coaching and mentoring for young people on the edge of gangs and crime, helping them to re-engage with employment, education or training over a period of nine months.

Street Elite works with the hardest to reach 18-25 year olds, many of whom are profoundly disengaged from society and may not be in touch with any other agencies or support. Last year, 83% of the 18-24 year olds engaged on the Intervention programme successfully moved into employment or education.

We have renewed our partnership to support the delivery of Street Elite for a further five years from 2020. Through the partnership, 440 young Londoners will take part in the Intervention programme to get them engaged in education, employment or training. A one year project will also be delivered for young men in Birmingham.

Our partnership with The Change Foundation has demonstrated the significant outcomes that can come from a corporate and charity partnership, particularly when employers are engaged in supporting hard to reach young people who are at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

In 2019, we commissioned Bean Research to undertake a SROI analysis on behalf of Street Elite, based on the distance travelled for the 97 participants of the 2018 and 2019 programmes in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Southwark and Hammersmith and Fulham, assessing the impact through economic benefits, human capital gains, avoided Exchequer costs and wellbeing improvements among programme participants, as a result of the programme.

The overall conclusion is that the investment of £4,000 per participant in Street Elite generates over ten times that in social value over a period of three years - £10.72 for every £1 invested through reduced negative health behaviours, increased skills and employment and through engaged and active young people.

Read the report here.