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With youth crime becoming more severe, unemployment rates increasing, and further education opportunities decreasing, there is a real and urgent need to inspire and support crime-involved young people. By using life coaching as a vehicle for personal development, RISE Youth empowers young offenders to discover their strengths and passions, and thereby take responsibility for their own lives. Through its innovative programme, court-involved youth mature as a result of the support, direction, and exposure that RISE Youth facilitates. Graduates emerge with skills, confidence, and network to take control of their adult lives, embrace workplace or educational opportunities, and stay out of the criminal justice system.
Life coaching is a powerful method of communication that can improve relationships and performance. It is about finding direction and solutions—moving forward in a positive, non-judgmental way from where we are now to where we really want to be. The coach does not offer advice, therapy, or treatment; but rather, in a confidential conversation, asks the right questions to enable another person to find the answers.
Coaching has been shown to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to improve their performance. Programmes targeting at-risk young people have led to a 50% drop in drug and alcohol misuse and significantly increased levels of self-esteem, aspirations and school attendance by 80%.
RISE Youth is the first specialised "through the gates" life coaching programme for young offenders. It presents a disruptive innovation in the criminal justice rehabilitative space that addresses the root causes of criminal activity and social inequality-rather than the resultant problem behaviours.
RISE Youth challenges young people to find their passions, strengths, and vision for a positive future. It offers free, long-term one-to-one life coaching for 15-17-year-olds exiting custody. It enables coachees to discover their personal “spark”, speak with career mentors with shared interests, and obtain meaningful apprenticeships. RISE Youth thus not only aims to reduce reoffending, but to truly enable socially excluded young people to join mainstream society, become economically self-sufficient, and enjoy greater personal and professional success.