Youth Power Fund: our youth panel funds two Spark projects!
The first year of funding from the Youth Power Fund is complete – and what a year it's been! Seven Foyers have invested their time, energy and creativity into increasing youth power and leadership within their services, the local community and beyond, and there have been some fascinating learnings along the way. Now we're at the end of year one, three Spark projects were invited to submit new proposals to increase their funding from £5,000 to up to £15,000 for two more years.
The opportunity was not missed and all three Spark projects submitted compelling proposals! Last month our panel of young people had some incredibly tough choices to make when they met to decide which of those projects would receive the additional funds.
We’re really excited to announce that both Bath and Braintree Foyers applications were successful and each will receive £7.5k from our Youth Power Fund in partnership with Blagrave Trust. This money will help them grow their inspiring and impactful youth leadership projects over the next two years.
What is the aim of the Youth Power Fund?
The Youth Power Fund was established to fund new thinking and innovation that embeds sustainable youth leadership and shifts the balance of power in favour of young people who live in youth supported housing. As part of this fund we have awarded money to projects that champion youth-led approaches and challenge existing power structures, lead to long-term, sustainable, systemic change, and act as a catalyst for young people to lead in the local community and beyond.
As well as gaining power in their Foyers, young people are the decision makers when it comes to funding for this programme too. A panel of seven young people and one member of the Foyer Fed team put their heads together to score the applications and decide which services would receive onward funding, and how much to award. Their insights and experiences, along with their diligence and discussion skills, made them invaluable as decision makers for the Youth Power Fund. They found it tough to choose between the three applicants and overall were impressed by the Foyers' hard work and creative visions for the future. Our panel came away excited about the potential of the project and what they can achieve in the coming years.
Well done to everyone involved and we can’t wait to see what strives our Youth Power Fund projects make for youth leadership next!