Scheme aims to keep young people on the straight and narrow

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Scheme aims to keep young people on the straight and narrow

A volunteer is urging others to “do a good turn” for young people by supporting a new Northamptonshire project.

The charity Youth at Risk is launching a programme in the county to help guide up to 30 young people to a brighter future.

Youth at Risk changes lives by working with young people and the adults that support them, delivering high-intensity personal development and coaching initiatives.

It involves taking them on a residential course and then once back going through nine months of coaching to achieve three goals.

Paul Green, a supporter of the national charity and group director of Northamptonshire business networking group NN coNNect, is calling on people to get involved.

He has organised a series of one-hour meetings across the county to discuss how volunteers could help.

The next event will take place on Tuesday, October 4 from 10am at Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry.

Paul said: “Youth at Risk is coming to Northamptonshire to work with young people in the community and is looking for volunteers, partners and sponsors to work with.

“As a volunteer, whether you can only spare a few hours then your contribution would be appreciated, so please do a good turn for young people in desperate need of real support and guidance.

“Do you already work with young people in the community and would be interested in looking how YAR might partner with your organisation? Or are you open to contributing resources and/or funding in support of a local programme?

“To find out more about how YAR works with young people and how you may be able to support, please register to attend a no-obligation orientation evening, which lasts about 60 minutes.”

The programme involves pairing up young people with a dedicated partner where they will work towards three goals, which could be educational, vocational or personal related.

About 200 volunteers are needed, some only need to spare a few hours but others are needed to contribute between seven and 10 days to be on the residential part of the programme. People are also sought to work alongside a young person for nine months.

No former experience is required, just the passion and commitment to supporting young people to be the best they can be. Youth at Risk will train all volunteers in their unique life coaching methodology: a valuable skill that can be used in all areas of life.

Young people can be from 16 to 21 and are recruited to the programme from schools, colleges, social services, probation, other youth charities.

To register for the information meetings, visit: http://www.nn-connect.co.uk/yar/.

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