The challenges our young people face are real, but we do not believe in describing them as disadvantaged. We see it as a label which simply reinforces negative stereotypes and makes it even harder for young people.
The young people we support are advantaged in so many ways. They have talent, ambition and drive. But they go undiscovered because of circumstances out of their control. We should not add extra barriers through negative labels.
Our mission is to change stereotypes, empower young people and give them a platform to flourish. That’s why we see our young people as undiscovered talent, not disadvantaged.
As a social mobility charity, we support those who need a platform to reach their potential, working with young people who meet a combination of criteria, including the following:
- Eligible for Free School Meals in the past six years
- No parental history of higher education
- Under-represented ethnic background
- Experience of Local Authority care and/or estranged from family
- Caring responsibilities