Young people aged 16 – 19 years who are either in care or are care leavers from Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Barnet.
Greater London Authority (GLA), London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest.
Greater London Authority (GLA), Virtual Schools of Children in Care teams from the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club with Jermain Defoe as an ambassador.
The E18HTEEN project involves Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe as an active ambassador, positive role model and mentor over a two year period to 160 young people aged 16 – 19 years who are either in care or are care leavers. Each young person involved has been identified to participate in the programme by Local Authority ‘Virtual Schools of Children in Care’, with the objective of keeping them in or getting them back into training, education and employment and ultimately preparing them for independence and adulthood. We offer an individually tailored learning and development programme with free access to 18 separate training and life skill workshops and 18 different sports.
Why is it needed?:
• 53% of looked after children leave school without passing any GCSEs.
• 13% of looked after children achieve five A* - C grade GCSEs (compared with 47% of all children).
• 29% of looked after children are not in education, employment or training by the age of 19, compared with 13% of all young people in the UK.
• 20% of women who leave care between 16 and 19 become mothers within a year.
• 23% of the prison population has spent time in care.
• Four Local Authority Virtual Schools of Children in Care have collaborated for the first time on this project
• 160 young people aged 16-19 who are in the care system or are care leavers will have engaged in the programme from 2010-2012
• A minimum of 80% of participants will achieve at least one formal qualification by 2012
• 75% of participants will have completed a minimum of 18 hours voluntary work within the local community by 2012
• 75% of participants will either be in education, training or employment by 2012
I’m proud to be involved in the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s E18HTEEN project because it gives young people the opportunity to stay healthy whilst developing new skills that will prepare them for independence and adulthood.”
Jermain Defoe, Tottenham Hotspur and England Striker