How does it work?
How does Street Elite Academy work?
Over a period of three months, the young people learn about communication, teamwork, leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, health and wellbeing.
We have been working with 60 young men and women from across Wandsworth, Southwark and Greenwich. They are predominantly from Year 10 and have all been identified (in this case, by their teachers) as at risk of becoming NEET in the future.
This is a new initiative, in its first year, designed to prevent young people slipping into gangs and crime, rather than intervening once they have already done so.
How does Street Elite Intervention work?
Street Elite is a nine month programme. Initially, it involves a 12 week sports-based training and mentoring scheme. Young people gain insights into the Sport for Development industry, recognised accredited qualifications, and the personal skills and motivation to get their lives back on track. The initial commitment is low; one 2 hour training session per week. They are paid £15 for every session they attend.
Next, they test the skills they have learnt by delivering sports sessions on local housing estates over a period of 10 weeks. Then, they help to organise a one day sports festival, involving dozens of local schools and hundreds of young people in a borough-wide event. Below is a video from our first festival of 2014, attended by world famous ex-footballer, Ian Wright and Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith.
Finally, they are offered work placements and choose to enter education, employment or training.