We do this by positively shaping the culture of programs, classes and activities we run. Our ‘norms’ soon begin to govern the way students and staff work when they are with us.
Build people up
(Don’t tear them down)
Help people grow
(Don’t hold them back)
Our faith informs the “how and why” we work in schools. This means we respect every individual including their cultural and religious background and beliefs. It also means we fully comply with prohibitions on proselytising. SYC does run youth programs independently of our schools work, and some of these programs provide opportunity for young people to explore the Christian faith; we make this explicit in any program information and advertising.
What we offer
A 16 week program (1 day a week) for young people on the verge of exclusion. Students who complete the program successfully will receive a Level 1 qualification in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. The program provides a youth work mentor for each student in the context of learning the basics of a trade, workshops and sharing meals together.
Lunch Times With a Difference
Community Building Events
Other areas where we can be involved include:
- Leadership Development
- Mentoring Programs – particularly for students who are at risk of exclusion
- Personal Development
- PSHE lessons
- Revision support
- Pastoral support for teaching staff
“We have been working with SYC over the past year on a range of activities both within school and out in community. These amazing opportunities have allowed students to take their learning beyond the classroom, something which they have all thrived on. Students have been working towards achieving a range of nationally recognised qualifications as well as enhancing their own personal and social development skills. The SYC team are hugely experienced, caring, passionate people who place the needs of the students at the centre of everything they do.
The academy is looking forward to our journey ahead with SYC.”
John Madejski Academy
What we offer
Seasonal Community Events
SYC is headed up by qualified youth and community workers with youth work, teaching and training experience across three continents. We only do schools’ work in the communities in which we are based, so we are known well locally.
All our youth workers, including trainees and interns are DBS cleared and we operate under the safeguarding policy of the school in which we are working.
All our trainees, volunteers and interns receive youth work training and ongoing mentoring. We partner with other charities and agencies to deliver the best work in schools we can, whilst keeping to our values. Our vocational training program is accredited by CYM (Institute for Children Youth and Mission) who issue NOCN qualifications to our students.