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About the Foundation

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up to inspire and motivate young people and recognise them for their achievements.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Sir Jack Petchey CBE to inspire and celebrate young people. Since 1999, over £143 million has been invested in programmes to benefit young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex.

The Foundation has invested over

£143 million in young people across London and Essex

We support many programmes, from sport to science, art to internships, vlogging to volunteering. We encourage every young person to get involved and try something new.

Our major programme is the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme, which is run in 1,600 youth clubs, youth organisations and secondary schools across London and Essex.

Our other programmes include Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!, the world’s largest public speaking competition for young people; and Step into Dance, the UK’s biggest inclusive dance programme for secondary school students.

In order to achieve our mission to enable young people to achieve their potential we have developed ambitious Strategic Aims 2022-2024. Download them by clicking the image below.

Our vision is of a world where young people have high aspirations; the opportunity to develop their potential; the chance to be architects of their own future; to play a full part in society and to be valued and recognised for the positive things they achieve.

To enable young people aged 11 – 25 years in London and Essex to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development.

The Jack Petchey Foundation draws on the ideology, vision and values of its Patron Sir Jack Petchey CBE who epitomises the saying “If you think you can, you can!”

We seek to:

  • inspire and raise the aspirations of young people
  • affirm, reward and celebrate achievement
  • value young people and those who work with them, advocating their views and putting young peoples’ voice at the centre of our work
  • develop young peoples’ confidence, motivating them to take on new challenges and to believe in themselves
  • be positive and promote a positive perspective on life
  • be inclusive, working at grass roots and building communities
  • promote a culture of ‘giving something back’
  • strive for excellence in our work

In order to achieve our mission we have developed ambitious three year strategic aims for 2019-21:

Invest: In youth organisations and programmes that represent value for money and create inclusive and positive opportunities for young people to engage, excel and achieve.

Instigate: In response to young people’s needs, we will identify gaps in current education or youth work practice and seek to instigate high impact, high profile programmes that give young people the opportunity to develop news skills and experiences to fulfil their potential in line with our mission and values.

Inspire: Through public celebration and reward we will inspire young people to achieve more. We will promote good news about young people in the media, highlight the positive things that young people achieve and challenge negative portrayals of youth in our society.

Influence: We seek to change the way that society sees, values and treats young people. We will work with those who work with young people, joining with them to strengthen the sector and to shape and influence youth policy. We will amplify youth voices, ensure young people’s views are communicated and promote their leadership within society. In line with Sir Jack’s motto, the focus of our work will be in developing self-belief, positivity and `giving something back’.

Infrastructure: We will strengthen our infrastructure and work as efficiently and effectively as possible to deliver our mission.

Find out more about our three year strategy here: Jack Petchey Foundation Strategic Aims 2019-21

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