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The Achiever Network


The Jack Petchey Foundation is focused on making sure young people’s voices, decisions and opinions are at the centre of everything we do.

We recognise the achievements of circa 12,000 young people a year. All of whom have shown potential as leaders and influencers in their community.

In 2011, we launched our Achiever Network project, a 12 month personal development programme for up to 35 young people aged 14–19, or 14–21 if they are a young person with a special educational need and/or disability, and who are Achievement Award Winners, Speak Out Finalists, Step Into Dance Finalists, Wallball Finalist, Panathlon Finalist, or have been a participant of any other Jack Petchey Foundation programmes (click here to see our list of programmes).

To date, over 240 young people have graduated from the Achiever Network Programme, with 100% of participants telling us that the programme has increased their self-esteem and confidence, as well as providing them with unique and amazing opportunities.

Programme Outline

This programme is by invitation only. Participants are invited to apply to the Achiever Network and are required to attend a selection day to meet the JPF staff team and other potential participants.

The programme begins with a weekend residential, where young people build and develop friendships with their peers and undertake team-building exercises. There are then five training days over the course of the year which focus on developing skills in areas including self-esteem, communication techniques, effective leadership, stress management, effective presentation and public speaking, influencing, and revision techniques.

Each young person on the programme is paired with a skilled mentor who provides support to the young person for the duration of the programme.

The young people on the Achiever Network continue to have a connection to the Foundation once the programme ends. They are central to our decision-making on future programmes, contribute to our campaigns, participate in interview panels, assist with day-to-day work, and host VIP guests at our events.

They also have the opportunity to apply to become a member of our Youth Consultation Panel.

Achiever Network members make a significant contribution to the communities around them by volunteering for causes they feel passionate about – every year, young people on the Achiever Network complete roughly 3,000 hours of volunteering between them!

The Achiever Network Programme finishes with a grand graduation ceremony, where members are awarded their graduation certificates in front of their families and VIPs.

Interested in joining the Achiever Network programme?

Click here to apply for Achiever Network 13!

If you are an Achievement Award Winner, Speak Out Regional Finalist, Participant of Step Into Dance, or a participant of any other JPF programme, please speak to your scheme coordinator at your school or youth organisation so that they can refer you onto the programme.

If you are a scheme coordinator within a school or youth organisation and have a young person who is interested in joining, or you would like to recommend someone, please make contact with your JPF Grants Officer or contact our head office today.

The 13th Achiever Network cohort will begin in September 2024.


Timeline of the 2024-25 programme:

  • Selection Day: 21st September 2024
  • Residential Training: 18th-20th Oct 2024, 5pm Fri – 3pm Sun
  • Training Day 1: 30th November 2024, 9.45am-4.00pm + social
  • Training Day 2: 18th January 2025, 9.45am – 4.00pm
  • Training Day 3: 8th March 2025, 9.45am – 4.00pm
  • Training Day 4: 3rd May 2025, 9.45am – 4.00pm
  • Training Day 5: 28th June 2025, 9.45am – 4.00pm
  • Achiever Network Graduation Ceremony: (TBC), September 2025
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