We work in partnership with local schools to provide an Alternative Curriculum Programme for young people that have been excluded from mainstream education. Since 2002 we have developed a good track record and have seen the successful reintegration of the overwhelming majority of young people back into school to complete their education. Out of these young people, the majority of them have gone on to study at college and university and many have successfully accessed the employment market upon leaving school.
Using the combined effort of community volunteers from very diverse backgrounds, we work with the most difficult and often most disadvantaged young people and provide them with a new and more culturally appropriate way of accessing learning which focuses heavily on their cultural, personal and social development, education and training.
We support and encourage young people to gain confidence and gain the necessary skills needed to cope with life as young adults. Using technology, history and enterprise, our part-time programme aims to educate those excluded from school in an attempt to proactively re-engage them in learning.
The methods we use have been extensively tested over the years and the service has grown through word of mouth and also through school to school referrals as news of the effectiveness of our programmes spread. Our programmes are delivered from our Learning Centre at 17 Claremont, Bradford and also from a variety of venues and schools in Bradford.
We can arrange delivery of any of our programmes to suit participating young people, depending on the individual needs of each school and organise the effective deployment of a specially trained team of mentors. One things for sure, we can guarantee an educational adventure like no other! All our programmes have a positive impact on the cultural and social development of the young people we come into contact with.
We only work with volunteers who have been fully CRB checked and who demonstrate a passion for helping young people. Together our volunteers and mentors share a wealth of experience, skills and qualifications and often have first hand experience of the problems that are being faced by the young people.
Mentoring from a perspective of experience, many of our volunteers have direct first hand knowledge of the issues that young people face and provide good role models having come out at the other end successfully themselves. A large proportion of our volunteers are previous recipients of our programmes.
We can tailor any of our programmes to the individual needs of young people and their school and periodically employ a variety of consultants with specialisms in areas such as conflict resolution, substance misuse, youth offending, pre-NEET, Identity & self image, life skills, crime and gang violence, and those with specialisms in health and well-being.
We support those at risk of exclusion from school and work with schools to improve behaviour, improve grades and employability skills for the future.
Due to the massive success of our project and the opportunities that come out of this work, we are constantly looking for new mentors and volunteers in a variety of areas, If you feel you have the skills and attitude to help us make a difference in the lives of young people, you can contact us at email@example.com and we will let you know how you can get involved.
ACAP is an Independent Charity
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