Voyage is responsible for the creation, development and implementation of a powerful yet innovative programme designed to improve overall attitude to learning and provide learners with a bite size experience of a vocational programme of study.
The HP programme is designed to challenge negative mind-sets and attitudes using cognitive behavioural approaches. The programme typically runs for a 10 week cycle, with additional mentoring support provided to fully incorporate a personal development plan for the next (12) months. Mentoring is delivered in the form of a weekly ‘Job Club’, where young people can continue to access specific advice and support.
The Job Club is designed to help young people:
• Implement their personal development plan commitments
• Receive ongoing sign posting support (housing, benefits, education and health services)
• Participate in a host of leadership workshops e.g. CV clinics, speaking up and speaking clearly, developing personalised branding, personal hygiene and health awareness, entrepreneurialism and interacting with employers and visits to places of interest.
HP is supported by City Bridge Trust and Voyage is actively seeking partners to commence a process of referral. This comes after a robust youth screening process, usually kick started with a presentation to Youth Offenders Institutions, Young Offenders Service’s, Pupil Referral Units and secondary schools before youth engagement begins. Early exploratory visits to London Boroughs help us set out how the programme will operate, our reporting requirements, course expectations and how to create ideal conditions for successful participation. Voyage agrees its work with boroughs and institutions through a clearly developed memorandum of understanding before sign off.
What will Horizons Plus offer my young people?
Horizons Plus will introduce a curricular approach to its structure, involving our influential team of mentors and specialist from New City College’s professional team of experienced trainers from a variety of work-based learning specialisms (including the Robert Levy Foundation)
All young people will receive daily travel costs, a hot meal and refreshments throughout the day.
The personal development strands each builds upon the previous one and explodes myths around media, social exclusion, how laws (and doctrines) criminalise attitudes and behaviours which are often mis-understood by statutory agents and law enforcement. We also empower young people to understand and consider race, racism and disproportionality in relations to crime and offending, which helps young people to get a bigger picture of youth offending, education and justice and how this relates to them.
The vocational strands (Construction, Music and Motor Vehicle Mechanics) provide a bite-size example of high quality facilities and engaging support staff to provide the learners with an example of a potential career path and options.
Our materials draw on up to date case studies designed to challenge notions and assumptions, build resilience and improve decision making. This is powerfully achieved whilst highlighting the negative effects of short term criminal acts and misdemeanours and how these impact on communities, affect families; and ultimately limit hope and squander opportunity.
All interested parties are encouraged to make early contact with Voyage to discuss how we can help whilst fulfilling any requirements of young people’s mainstream education school PEP’s, possible court orders and community sentence obligations.
What makes Horizons special?
There are many programmes that sound like what we do, but none have quite achieved our success levels, our ability to sustain the programme and also our ability to expand and deliver it using a highly structured and consistent approach. That way our outcomes and impacts are achieved and always replicated wherever we are working across London.
In addition we have also recently received Project Oracle’s Standard of Evidence Level 1 Award which now means our HP programme is recognised as robust, coherent and provides a plausible description of the logic that informs the content and underpins the ethos of the study.
HP resources are regularly updated with relevant music, film and media clips (so young people can relate and begin to empathise) providing the inspiration for session debates, role play, interactive quizzes and games.
We also empower young people to understand race, racism and disproportionality in relations to crime and offending which, helps young people get a bigger picture of youth offending, education and justice. Our materials draw on up to date case studies designed to challenge notions and assumptions, build resilience and improve decision making. This is powerfully achieved whilst highlighting the negative affects of short term criminal acts and misdemeanours and how these impact on communities, affect families and ultimately limit hope and squander opportunity.
The Horizons Plus programme and subsequent workshops are delivered by our highly respected and experienced team of tutors and mentors, who are regularly trained, DBS compliant and offer a coordinated partnership approach designed to underpin partner service objectives.
The original Horizons programme is still available as an outreach programme in your borough. See column to the RIGHT or Contact us for more information.
Mentoring – Voyage offers a dedicated mentoring service for individuals and groups. This service is accessed by referrals only and our aim is to assist the reintegration of young people into mainstream life which includes school, college, home and their community.
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