WE ARE PROUD TO SHARE OUR IMPACT & LAUNCH OUR NEW MISSION AND VISION
It has been two years since the first lockdown was introduced in the UK. We have been reflecting on the journey our team has been on, our impact during this time and today we are proud to announce our new vision, mission, and strategy for investing in young people.
OUR IMPACT 2020-22
GLOBAL SOCIAL LEADERS (GSL)
Global Social Leaders (GSL) is our flagship programme, founded in 2013 in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. The aim of GSL is to build a global movement of socially conscious leaders who are equipped to be leaders in their lives and society.
During the last 2 years, we have successfully pivoted most of our GSL delivery to provide high-quality virtual leadership development programmes for young people, which has catalysed change in communities around the world. We were proud to report live from COP26, we used this incredible opportunity to amplify youth voices, capture unique and inspiring stories, and make a meaningful contribution to one of the world’s most important conferences of all time.
We adapted our GSL Catalyst course to a virtual programme allowing us to support and inspire over 3,000 young people from more than 70 countries to develop their leadership skills, connect with peers and take action on the causes they care about.
GSL Global Goals Competition
We grew the reach of our Global Goals competition to over 100 countries. Our project teams continued their projects despite school closures and we have been so inspired by how much they have achieved and their impact. We would like to thank our GSL Global Goals Heros for providing feedback on our young people’s projects.
GSL Festival @ Home
We delivered two virtual festivals (in 2020 and 2021). Our GSL Festivals @Home were unique, interactive, and filled with inspiration. They celebrated youth voice and gave students and educators the tools to create transformational social change. Save the date for our next virtual GSL Festival on 17th June 2022!).
We provide programme delivery services to organisations that want to invest in the development of young people.
During the last 2 years, we have worked with our partners to pivot our offering and launched a new partnership. Our programmes have continued to support young people, despite the various challenges posed to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We successfully supported over 200 schools (in the UK, Ireland and Germany) to participate in the AWS GetIT Schools Programme, in a way which met their needs – whether virtually or in a hybrid format. We were able to engage more schools with the new format, increase engagement and the number of learners trained.
- Having been appointed UK delivery partner for the Dirt is Good Schools Programme in 2020 we have since piloted and then launched this programme. In our first year of delivery, we have more than 700 schools signed up for the programme. We have just launched a new peer-coaching pilot programme as part of our work to increase student leadership of the programme within schools and are now working on an exciting new campaign for Earth Month.
- We partnered with Bertha Earth to pilot their Changemakers programme (virtual programme), Nature Connect Days and provided consultancy on their programmes.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, we delivered a wide range of in-person programmes for schools.
We were proud to be able to support the incredible work of schools in providing Catch-Up with our Bright Futures Summer School for students in 2021, in partnership with:
- Dormers Well High School
- Connaught School
- Townley Grammar School
- City of London Academy, Highbury Grove
We delivered a range of one-day programmes as follows:
- A virtual leadership programme for Eton College and the London Academy of Excellence, offering students from both schools the chance to meet and collaborate online.
- The Thames Valley Learning Partnership (TVLP) Student Leadership Conference
- Alleyn’s Student Leadership Day
- King’s College Wimbledon Aspirations day for their partner schools
We have risen to the challenges that COVID-19 has brought us but we want to do more and believe there has never been a more important time to invest in young people.
The world is facing unprecedented challenges from conflict, climate change and Covid-19 – all of which have an impact on the education and future aspirations for young people – we need to explore how we support, harness and empower young people to solve real-world problems.
The negative impact of Covid-19 on young people has been and continues to be significant. This includes adapting to isolation, schools closing, and exams being cancelled. Young people have experienced heightened anxiety, uncertainty and increased risks to mental and emotional wellbeing. Compounding this, they have been unable to volunteer for community initiatives.
A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet commission made it clear early in the Covid-19 pandemic that all stakeholders, from governments to parents, must “ensure the physical and mental impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic on adolescents are kept minimal. Immediate actions are warranted.”
OUR NEW VISION AND MISSION
Today, to mark the importance of investing in young people and our commitment to this, we announce our new vision and mission, and a refined focus on what we do…
WE HAVE REFINED WHAT WE DO
As part of our shift in direction and focus we have made the decision to no longer deliver one-day programmes and our focus from today is on life-changing high impact programmes.
We will be announcing further updates and partnerships in the coming weeks and months.
GLOBAL EDUCATORS NETWORK
We have launched a new community of committed and dedicated educators, teachers and senior leaders from over 1000 schools (primary and secondary schools) and youth organisations across 100 countries. Register to join to gain access to fully funded programmes for your students and CPD opportunities for your teachers.
INVESTING IN OUR TEAM
Our team has been incredible throughout the last two years, going above and beyond to ensure that young people are provided with high-quality learning opportunities which have supported them not just to catch-up or develop their leadership skills but with their wellbeing as well.
As we move forward to deliver our new strategy we are reviewing and transforming our policies for our team to ensure that we are investing in them and supporting their wellbeing. In January we reduced our working week from 40 to 35 hours, formalised flexi-time arrangements, and increased holidays. We have committed to continuing with a hybrid model of working and are investing in our hybrid working infrastructure (with help from our sister company Future Solutions). We are in the process of reviewing other policies to see where we can further improve our working environment.
We have grown our team, including the appointment of a new senior leadership role, Programmes Director, to ensure that we are able to grow and further improve our programmes to reach and impact more young people – click here to read Jess’ blog.
JOIN US IN OUR MISSION TO EQUIP YOUNG PEOPLE TO THRIVE
We thank our people and partners, who have supported us to inspire over 100,000 young people in 100 countries to achieve their potential (our Mission to date)… we now shift our focus to equipping young people to thrive… and we invite organisations who share our mission and vision to partner with us to build a brighter future for all.
Jonathan Harper FRSA, CEO Future Foundations