The Jack Petchey Foundation recognises the achievements of almost 12,500 young people a year. All these young people have shown potential as leaders and influencers in their community and JPF wants to create opportunities for them to develop further.
In 2011, The Jack Petchey Foundation launched the pilot Achiever Network project. This programme engaged with 30 young people aged 14 -21 (Achievement Award Winners, Speak Out Finalists and Step Into Dance Finalists) and provided an intense 18 month personal learning and development programme. The overwhelming success of the programme, has led the Jack Petchey Foundation to develop the programme further, with 4 further cohorts, and it has been transformed into a 12 month programme.
To date over 100 young people have engaged with the Achiever Network Programme, with 100% of participants stating that they have increased self esteem and confidence.
The training begins with a weekend residential, whereby young people build and develop friendships with their peers and undertake team building exercises.
In addition to the Residential Weekend, there are 4 training days which focus upon subjects such as Self Esteem, Communication, Leadership, Listening and Negotiating Skills, Peer Pressure, and Time/ Stress Management and Study & Revision techniques. In addition to the training sessions, each young person is provided with a skilled mentor, who provides a minimum of 3 face to face contacts, as well as long term support over the span of the programme.
Furthermore the Achiever Network are central to some of our decision making on future programmes, contributing to design and campaigns, being on interview panels, assisting with day to day work and hosting VIP guests at events, all of which form an integral element of the Achiever Network experience. In addition, achiever network members make a significant contribution through volunteering for causes they feel proud about - the cohort of Achievers Network 4 completed over 3000 hours of volunteer work.
The Achiever Network Programme culminates in a Graduation Ceremony, which in 2016 was held at the prestigious offices of RBS in Central London. This was an outstanding event, whereby all member of the network were awarded their graduation certificates in front of their families and VIP’s.
The next Achiever Network programme begins in September 2017.