The Young Foundation (Lead Partner)
The U is a project at The Young Foundation, an independent centre for social innovation that aims to tackle the root causes of inequality.
The U has developed a new kind of learning experience for communities. We operate in communities around the UK (with 12 local projects to date) and offer short learning sessions in useful topics like first aid, conflict resolution, and positivity. Learners gain practical skills in a short, lively, fun sessions. These free sessions are delivered in high street shops, cafés, pubs, leisure centres and other spaces where people congregate. The sessions draw on exceptional resources from organisations like British Red Cross and SLaM NHS Health Trust, and are delivered by trained volunteers from that community who are highly committed to ensuring learners have fun whilst learning, and that they leave feeling empowered to use their skills and more connected to their community. There are no ‘experts’ leading our learning sessions; we believe that the knowledge is shared between all who are attending and encourage everyone to draw on their personal skills and experiences.
The U works with around 900 learners a year and trains 60 volunteer facilitators who help to lead the learning session. We focus on engaging with groups who may have had a poor experience of formal education, or who don’t access many other learning and training opportunities.
Street College is a project at Gangway, an organisation that has been doing mobile youth work in Berlin for the last 20 years.Street College is an innovative network for individual, autonomous education. A space where the interests of those who are determined to pursue their goals, are put forward. Professionals from various fields and young people with a diversity of skills work together in order to expand their abilities and establish new perspectives. Street College recruits experts from all specialisations as mentors and sponsors – whether crafts and trades, culture, science or IT. At Street College, we turn the theory of demand & supply around: the students determine the course structure based on their interests and abilities. These can be film and photography courses, website and app programming, acting, dance and theatre, make-up, graphic design courses, stage design and cooking; or training in accounting, elocution, music production, building and engineering, individual coaching or training – everything is possible. The course locations are found everywhere – on the street, in a university or in a work place.
In order to show proof of the obtained knowledge at Street College, a certificate is provided. No certificate is the same – each one displays the individual’s strengths and newly acquired abilities. A board of professionals from the Law, Ethics, Coaching, as well as Cultural Sciences sectors generate award criteria, which, in line with the European Qualifications Framework, enables the Street College Diploma to be accepted cooperatively. Street College can become an archetype for individual, autonomous education all over the world. Street College is working with partners in New York, Sao Paulo, London and Stockholm to disseminate its method. With the Street College Diploma and through the support of people, institutions and organisations, doors to additional career and educational perspectives are being opened.
Alma Folk High School is member of the Swedish Folk High School Association and has three main pillars: folk high school, projects and commissioned work.Alma has different target groups; young adults who have left school, migrants, people who experience mental illnesses, and offenders, amongst others. The age groups vary, working with people between 16-64 years old. With more than a 1000 learners per year from different parts of the society and with different backgrounds, Alma it is a colourful place to be and is constantly looking for development in order to offer new opportunities and possibilities for meaningful learning.