Futureversity’s courses and programmes have been proven to have a hugely positive impact on the local community. Not only do we raise aspirations, we also reduce youth crime, get young people into work or training, break down racial tensions and enable all young people to gain a qualification.
We raise aspirations
- In 2010, a survey by New Philanthropy Capital showed that 94% of the young people who completed a Futureversity summer course said they learnt something new on their course;
- 86% said they felt more confident;
- 80% said they felt more positive about their future.
We reduce youth crime
- Between 1995 and 2003, Tower Hamlets crime figures showed that Futureversity contributed to reducing juvenile nuisance by 17%, drug offences by 25% and an overall reduction in youth crime by 8% over the summer holiday period, even though the borough had the fastest growing teenage population in Britain at that time.
- When we rolled out our summer programme across London in 2008, youth crime was reduced in every borough by up to 10%.
- In 2009, a Futureversity summer programme pilot scheme in Oldham, Manchester, run in partnership with their police Respect programme, youth crime was reduced by up to 68 per cent.
We get young people into work and training
- Over 61% of the unemployed young people who join our Job Ready programme are in employment or training within six months of completing it.
- 78% of the young people on our summer programme in 2010 said they had a better understanding of work, education and training opportunities available to them after completing it.
We break down racial tensions
- 57% of young people who participated on one of our summer courses in 2010 said it gave them a better understanding of people from a different background to their own.
- 63% said they would like to get more involved in their local community.
We enable all young people to gain a qualification
- Many of our courses and programmes at Futureversity are accredited, including our volunteer schemes, Job Ready and almost one third of our summer courses, giving all young people the chance to gain a qualification, regardless of their educational attainment.
- In 2011, over 600 young people gained a nationally recognised qualification or AQA unit.