The expression that ‘no man is an island’ is almost 400-years-old, yet it still means something today. And, no, this isn’t about Brexit, it’s far more important than that. It’s about realising that on our own, we can only achieve so much.
In the third of our ‘Working for Young Adults’ series, we look at the key role partnerships play in what we do, and how we work. As a small organisation, we’re well aware that with our limited resources there really is only so much we can do. The harsh reality though is that even if we were ten times our size, we STILL couldn’t do it on our own.
When the mission is as fundamental as helping as many young people as we possibly can, then partnership and a spirit of collaboration aren’t a ‘nice to have’, it’s an absolute necessity.
The bottom line is that we can’t do it by ourselves.
Different Organisations. Same Goals.
There are so many incredible charities and university-backed programmes that are focussed on developing young adults. In many cases, those organisations are built around a very specific, set of circumstances.
For example, a youth charity might have the mission of solving a problem in their local community. The charity would give the young people the opportunity, knowledge and tools to succeed. And, at the same time, we could help build confidence, belief and the soft skills needed to make the absolute most of the opportunity.
We’ve worked this way in a University setting as well. The universities have delivered a programme to help their students make the transition from the world of education to the world of employment. We’ve supported this through coaching, which again has helped build the confidence that many young people need to move forward positively.
The common denominator in both examples is that the charity or university are experts in their field, as we are in ours. It’s all about bringing our collective skills together to create the best possible learning experience for the young person. In that sense, it’s very much a case that, ‘together, we are stronger.’
The Four Ways We Support The Work of Charities and Universities
Of course, the key beneficiary of this collaborative approach is the young person. That’s the way it should be. But how specifically can we support the work of charities and universities? There’s quite a few, but here are the four main ways we support them.
At a very simple level, we are an extra pair of hands. In other words, the charity or university doesn’t have the skilled coaching resource to call upon. With over 100 professional coaches, we’ve got the ability to deliver 1-2-1 coaching to their young people.
Each charity and university will have their own measures of what success looks like. This is usually measured by looking at the social impact they make. We can play a pivotal role in helping them achieve their social impact goals.
Support For All
Many organisations face the challenge of supporting young people in remote areas. This can lead to isolation or sometimes a two-tiered approach. As our coaching is virtual, we’re able to support young people wherever they are.
With our model, coaching for charities and universities is either free or, at least, at a significantly reduced cost. The coaching fees are considerably less than standard coaching fees, thanks to the commitment of our coaching community.
Building bridges, not walls
We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve established so far and for us, building bridges to more of these relationships will help us help more young people. We’ll never lose sight of the fact that it’s not about us, or our partners, it’s really all about those young people.
If you are a charity or university and want to find out more about how we work, please get in touch. We’d love to have a conversation to see if we could help support the great work you already do
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