- The Challenge aims to put teams of diverse 16 year olds through a one year training
and community service scheme starting with a three-week summer camp and then 50 hours
of social action to tackle local civic and youth-related issues.
- Ultimately the aim is for alumni to get more deeply involved serving with community
organisations and youth work who current suffer a chronic shortage or workers and
volunteers, as well as to gain skills and maturity and networks across social divides.
Outcomes to date
- 158 participants undertook the Challenge programme across the summer (54 wave 1,
45 wave 2, 59 wave 3).
- An average of over 90% participants who started, have completed the full summer
programme, rising to 98% on the final programme.
- All teams are continuing to meet weekly or fortnightly beyond the summer programme to
plan and deliver their social action 'Real Challenge' projects.
- 2 team leaders, 13 senior mentors, 30 team mentors and 12 employee mentors have
supported the programmes across the summer.
- There has been strong positive feedback from a variety of visitors to the programme.
- 2 videos were made over the summer and detailed evaluation surveys were completed,
for both internal use and for the University of Strathclyde.
- The level of social mixing was good with most teams of 12 comprising young people from
5-10schools on the Southwark based programmes. There seemed to be strong mutual
respect within teams irrespective of social background (respect between teams more of a
challenge given competitive dynamic).
- Levels of retention through the programme have been very high, with the bonding between
the young people the key. This was sustained during the non-residential elements of the
For more information please visit www.the-challenge.org