We envision a future where kids who feel like they had no future become successful in their workplaces and leaders in their communities.
To do this, we need more of Britain’s youth from underprivileged backgrounds advancing to higher levels of education and reaching new heights in the workforce. When this happens, we know what else comes with it:
- Less strain on social services
- Reduced crime
- Increases in lifetime earning potential
- Positive trends in culture, family, work
- Relieves some of the burden from schools and overworked staff
Remedia’s Youth E3 program inspires and helps Britain’s youth through the three E’s: Education, Empowerment, and Employment. We also give access to young adults who may have failed in school but are desperate for a second chance to build their skills and turn their lives around.
Education – Mentoring, Group Coaching, Workshops
Many students lack access to the educational opportunities they need to have the chance to excel in an ever-more competitive job market. E3 provides motivational group coaching and individual mentoring to students to help them persevere through the challenges of school and reach their goals.
Mentoring is designed for students who come from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students will also be able to learn English, if they have not had enough opportunity to do so.
Here are the specific education-related courses students can take, depending on their language status:
Communication Skills – Basic Literacy
Some students may not be able to read or write very well, even in their native language. This is the first course taken, if the student needs it, because literacy is the foundation.
It uses a variety of teaching methods, and ends with an assessment.
Duration: 12-16 weeks
Communication Skills – Post-Basic
For participants who either already possess some basic literacy, or those who complete the first course but want to learn more, the Post-Basic course takes literacy to the next level.
This course teaches English at the level required to work in the jobs E3 qualifies people to work in. It also concludes with a test to prove sufficient mastery.
Duration: 12-16 weeks
ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages
This is a special five-part curriculum that has been used by other NGOs that equips people with English skills in the contexts they’ll need to succeed, such as interviews and phone calls.
It’s a skill-enhancement program that teaches situational fluency in English. This program is appropriate for people who have completed or are overqualified for the first two Communication Skills courses.
Empowerment – Public Speaking, Life Skills
Students also need to accomplish something that they can look at and say, “I did that.”
In our experience, nothing does this better than learning how to speak in front of an audience. Public speaking empowers students, helps them find their voice, and builds their confidence that they can achieve bigger goals.
Youth E3 conducts all-day public speaking seminars at schools with high poverty and immigrant populations.
Empowering almost means knowing yourself and being equipped to handle challenges. E3 offers 10 Life Skills courses, based on a report created for UNESCO, which defines Life Skills with four parts:
1. Learning to Know (how to learn)
2. Learning to Do (how to act)
3. Learning to Live Together (how to get along with others)
4. Learning to Be (how to be okay with yourself)
Britain’s youth need these skills to be successful in their future jobs, and in managing their other life challenges.
Here are the 10 Life Skills courses that arose out of those four foundational pillars:
Who am I? What is my place in this world, my city, my country, my family? Or my job? This is philosophical but also very practical. People need to know how they fit into the world, and this includes rights and duties to ourselves and others. This is the first skill taught.
Typical students in normal schools just kind of “know” how to get along with teachers and other students, for the most part. But some students didn’t get the help they needed growing up. This class gets into context, word choice and sentence structure, and tone, and the role these play in communication. This is about listening and comprehension. This course includes lots of practice.
Coping with Emotions
Learning to admit your emotions is the first step to coping with them. From there, we can teach people how to manage them, since the other extreme of completely giving into emotions doesn’t work too well in most job settings either. This course helps people become more fully human.
Coping with Stress
Most people who’ve grown up in poverty and other challenges struggle to deal with stress in healthy ways. This course begins the process of learning to work through stress, including group discussion and therapy.
To enter and succeed in the job market, young people need more skill in making their own choices and speaking about them in a productive way.
This course uses debate as one way to reveal individual differences, and teaches how beliefs and opinions can be defended with logic.
This course focuses on logical, spatial, and mechanical problem solving, in groups and individually. The goal is to teach how to work through challenging situations and find solutions, rather than give up or get in arguments, or even violence.
This is a hard topic, but it needs to be introduced here so the participants start to realize different situations have different ways they can be interpreted and worked through.
Creative thinking is about finding new answers to old questions, and uses both logic and intuition. It’s less about the “right” answer, and more about how you got there. Sometimes the accepted ‘wisdom’ isn’t necessarily the best path forward.
This is the other side of creative thinking. Finding logical and rational question to ask and solutions to find. Being able to catch errors in reasoning. This is more about data and evidence to prove a point or an opinion.
The goal of this course is to help people think about others who are not like them, and learn to see the world through their eyes. The more we empathize, the better we treat other people, and the environment. We want to build in and ‘other-awareness’ here so our participants will begin to see the world differently. How their actions affect others, and why people act the ways they do.
This is a huge skill for anyone to succeed in a job long term.
This course comes last because it incorporates elements of many of the others. How to deal with stress and emotions, how to empathize, how to work together to solve problems – these skills all play out in relationships. Especially family ones.
The goal here is to start learning how to offer support, advice, or even criticism when appropriate, and delivered in a respectful manner.
Employment – Workplace Preparation
Future employment depends on choices Britain’s youth make while still in school. With the combined efforts of our coaching, mentoring, job skills and public speaking programs, students learn skills that will pay off when they finally sit down to be interviewed for that big job they’ve prepared for.
What they gain from our programs will sustain them through university if they go that route, into the job search and interview process, and finally into their workplaces.
We teach 9 different skills that enable participants to get good jobs.
This module has been fully certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology, USA. Upon completion participants receive official certificates they can be proud of and use as part of their resumes.
Here are the 9 employability skills:
Self-Image: Hygiene and Grooming
This matters, and for some, it’s a big challenge. Body odour, clothing, hair, breath, general appearance – this all matters in the kinds of jobs they’ll be working. This course includes a role play component.
Notice how there’s a communication piece in all three modules? Are you a master communicator yet? We spend our whole lives learning how to communicate well. Our participants need all the help they can get in this area.
This course focuses on common communication problems that can hold them back. It also goes into non-verbal messaging, active listening, and learning how to converse and work toward understanding.
Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses
In many ways this is the most important course in the entire E3 program. It’s about how to develop a plan to get what you want out of life.
Creating routines, developing winning attitudes, setting a vision for your future, avoiding procrastination, pushing past setbacks – this is the course that gives them a plan for life, and a vision to strive for.
Preparing for Interviews
We want our participants to enter their interviews with confidence. That means preparing resumes, dressing for the part, rehearsing common questions, body language, attitude, first impressions – all those things that help someone shine in a job interview.
Getting Along In the Workplace
Conflict happens. But in the workplace, you need to be able to work through it and not let it destroy you. One really bad response to a workplace conflict could send a still fragile success story back down to joblessness and the cycle of poverty.
This course teaches five conflict resolution styles and when to use them and how to think first before reacting.
Basic Customer Service Training
Just what it sounds like, this course teaches how to relate to customers in person, on the phone, and in public areas like shopping malls. It shows them how this relates to business success – the things their new employers will want from them.
Self-Improvement (NLP Foundation)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming gives people the confidence to win in life. It’s about becoming aware of your thoughts, behaviours, and attitudes, and how those affect the decisions you make, your confidence, your good and bad habits, fears, health – everything that determines how we live and succeed.
This is a foundational course in this huge field. It introduces these participants to the world of self-reflection and self-empowerment.
Basic Computer Awareness
Another practical course, participants learn basic word processing, email, internet, and other computer related skills essential to most jobs (and job searching) today.
Basic Admin, Receptionist & Support
This final course is another practical one, focusing on secretarial and administrative duties. This includes office etiquette, meeting and greeting clients, bookkeeping, scheduling, filing, and more. Students leave this course fully confident about landing and succeeding in basic office-level positions.
How to Get Your School/Organization Connected with UK Youth E3
If you’re a school, social organization, or other group that wants to bring E3’s life-changing trainings and workshops to your students, contact us by clicking the button below.
We will work with each school on an individual basis to develop an array of services and courses that are best for your students and that work within your structure. You don’t have to bring in our entire program – just the parts that make sense for you at this time. You can always bring us back later for more!
Businesses – We Want You!
If you’re a business and are open to having some E3 students work for you as interns, we want to talk to you. We’ll work out a plan that benefits your business and gives Britain’s youth the workplace experiences they’re hoping for.
Contact Remedia and have your business partner with us. Everyone wins when businesses get involved!
Give a Boost to Motivated British Youth Who Need Your Help
When you give to Remedia’s UK Youth E3 program, you’re making something possible that many of Britain’s youth thought was out of reach. It can’t happen without your help. We have the skills to deliver these trainings and workshops and mentoring programs.
But we can get to all the schools who want us to come in without your help. The school staffs are overworked and can’t meet all the needs. If you’ve ever volunteered in a school or taught, you already know this.
They can’t get to all the kids who need their help.
But you can fill in the gap.
E3 is totally free to Britain’s youth – but it’s only possible with your help. Our team doesn’t take a salary. Your funds simply pay for the resources required to bring the E3 program to life.
So take a moment to consider all the people who helped you become the person you are today.
Then realize that now, you can be that person for many more kids.