• VISION

    Acknowledging Youths has A VISION, a vision to harness unlimited talent found in the youths of today. Our vision is to see all young people given a chance to be educated, to learn, to be guided along a career path and to work. To provide that opportunity for all and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds, NEET and BME groups

    OBJECTIVE

    Acknowledging Youths objective is to raise young people’s aspirations as well as making a positive contribution to developing their opportunity to succeed and the lives of young adults primarily to those who come from a disadvantaged background

    We want to see a positive socioeconomic impact on the communities we work in, allowing young people to break the cycles of poverty and social exclusion by understanding what causes them and what they can do to change it.

    BELIEF

    We firmly believe students are best served by activity-based learning, applying and practising skills, reinforced by guided reflection rather than through introducing external assessment and grading for the purposes of headline performance measures.

    We believe we can challenge companies across the UK by shining a light on employers that are working ethically and are addressing the systemic racial inequalities within hiring and promotion practices.

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  • WHAT WE DO

    We are a pioneer socially responsible training and recruitment service.

    We look to bridge the gap between ethical companies with strong corporate responsibility concerns and young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who without positive direction will remain out of work and vulnerable to those who seek to disable a positive society.

    In being a resource for information, providing individually relevant training and one on one mentoring, we empower this next generation of workers to overcome the barriers that they face in finding and staying in employment.

    Alongside offering hard skills and development opportunities, we are delivering activities that recognise and attending to the improvement of inner well-being and mental health.

  • HOW

    We deliver online and classroom-based training, workshops and one on one mentoring in unique learning environments to help young people and adults seek out a career path and to find meaningful work.

    We provide workshops and classes to develop skills such as CV writing and interview techniques alongside social, music and educational projects to raise aspirations and identify and develop individual opportunities to succeed.

    We are adaptable. In the wake of Covid-19, we will be providing specialist focus on money management, furloughed workers and redundancies due to the pandemic. As well as inner well-being and mental health.

    We offer opportunities to volunteer with us for work experience and establish relationships with ethical companies with strong corporate responsibility, with the prospect of taking up employment.

     

    We have a partnership and are registered with ASDAN, an established charitable organization with awarding body status that provides courses, training and apprenticeships programmes.

    We aim to continue work closely with London trusts and the DWP to deliver education and training that actively gets people into work.

    We have established particularly strong working relationships through successful long-term projects with Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Southwark boroughs.

    OUR FOCUS

    We focus on improving career aspirations and encourage participation in activities which improve connectedness, wellbeing, and identification of opportunities for the purpose of building a stronger and more engaged working genera

  • OUTCOMES TO ACHIEVE

    To see all young people given a chance to be educated, to learn, to be guided along a career path and to find meaningful work.

    To raise young people’s aspirations as well as making a positive contribution to their developing the opportunity to succeed

    To bridge the gap between ethical companies with strong corporate responsibility concerns and young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who without positive direction will remain out of work and vulnerable to those who seek to disable a positive society

    To help young people and adults seek out a career path and to find meaningful work.

    To raise aspirations and identify and develop individual opportunities to succeed

    To build a stronger and more engaged working generation

    To have a positive socioeconomic impact on the communities we work in, allowing young people to break the cycles of poverty and social exclusion

    To challenge companies across the UK and are addressing the systemic racial inequalities within hiring and promotion practices.

    To empower this next generation of workers to overcome the barriers that they face in finding and staying in employment.

    HOW WILL ACHIEVE THE OUTCOMES
    • By providing an activity-based learning, applying and practising skills, reinforced by guided reflection rather than through introducing external assessment and grading for the purposes of headline performance measures
    • By being a socially responsible training and recruitment service
    • By focusing on delivering training, workshops and one on one mentoring in unique and engaging learning environments
    • By providing workshops and classes to develop hard skills such as CV writing and interview techniques alongside social, music and educational projects
    • By focusing on improving career aspirations and encouraging participation in activities which improve connectedness, wellbeing, and identification of opportunities
    • By understanding and educating on what causes the cycles of poverty and social exclusion and how to break them.
    • By shining a light on employers that are working ethically
    • In being a resource for information, individually relevant training and mentoring

    WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THESE OUTCOMES

    To provide that opportunity for all and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds, NEET and BME groups

     

    WHERE THE BENEFITS EXTEND TO

    We want to see a positive socioeconomic impact on the communities we work in, allowing young people to break the cycles of poverty and social exclusion

  • Donations

    Donate by cheque

     

    Make cheques payable to 'Acknowledging Youths CIC' and post to: Opposite Block J, Peabody Estate, London, SW6 1UH

    Donate over the phone

     

    Call us on: 07852 945 928

    Donate through our Just Giving page by clicking on the icon above

  • Meet Our Team

    Danny Barnes

    CEO

    January 2012, Acknowledging Youths CIC was set up and so Danny was born! As Acknowledging Youths’ Chef Executive Officer, he knows what he wants and is dedicated to help the youth make their dreams come true. Mix enthusiasm, target orientation, positivity and professionalism together with over 15 years of experience in management, you get a great team leader, called Danny Barnes

    Glory Kasongo

    Director

    Glory is an outgoing individual that has a passion for psychology and mental health. She believes in women’s empowerment, equality, and inclusivity for those from marginalised groups. Glory has experience in mentoring young females from disadvantaged backgrounds and counselling adults with her excellent interpersonal skills. She strongly believes in improving communities for people to reach their full potential and leaving a lasting impact.

     

    Iram Rafiq

    Director

    Iram is working with the group for the past 2 years and has helped the group in expanding multidimensions through her expertise and creativity. She is an enthusiastic, professional, and passionate person who has experience in administrative management and human resource capacity.

     

    Iram has worked in many other multinational companies overseas and has experience and exposure to various domains. She is a Commerce graduate and has done MBA degree in human resources.

     

    Iram has a huge passion for dealing with people, understand their needs, and is highly motivated to support the community through her skill set and compassion. She continues to thrive and has the perseverance to achieve quality, innovation, and value.

     

    Our Interns

    Alexys Schmieder

    Intern

    Alexys is currently a senior at The University of Texas, working towards her bachelor’s degree in Government and Political Science, with a certificate in Sociology. She has experience with local non-profits and political groups in Texas. She has a passion for local government and believes in the importance of community action and cooperation.

    Samantha Buck

    Intern

    Samantha is a Politics and IR graduate with a passion for human rights and social equality. She has spent her time as a student volunteering at the local women’s centre, where she was able to help teach and encourage women from various backgrounds. She strongly believes that ever member of society deserves equal opportunities and encouragement. She is getting ready to start her Masters in Human Rights, where she hopes to further a career in fighting for social justice for all.

    Steffine Escourse

    Intern

    Steffine is dedicated to helping good causes to do great things. She helps bring out the best in people and the projects that she works on to help inspire meaningful social change. When Steffine isn’t working on all things Fundraising, she can be found exploring art – or out enjoying food and drinks with her friends.

    Tessah Keza

    Intern

    My name is Tessah Keza. I grew up in Kenya and currently I live in Canada, but I’ve been staying out of the pandemic in my homeland – Rwanda. I am in the 4th year of my International Studies major; one of my greatest passions in Pan-African Development and that is what I intend to use my major for. I look forward to working with everyone at Acknowledging Youth and working with an organisation that helps make a better world.”

    Lilly Cox

    Intern

    Lilly is an extrovert who loves to be around others and has made it her life goal to help those around her. With university degrees in psychology and sociology, Lilly understands how people work, believes everyone deserves a chance, and fights for those that are underrepresented. She has been involved in non-profit work for the last 11 years and is excited to be a part of the AY Group team!

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    Our Volunteers

    Iram Rafiq, Daniela Salvi, Gifty jhonson, Eli Vasileva, Dylan Chung, Merveille Mpoyi, Oula Ismail, Maria Espinoza, Henry Yao,

    Glory Kasongo, Tisha Rabadia, Paul Zabnienski

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  • Kickstart roles

    We are collobrating with Gov UK called Kickstart Scheme! Please email us if you’re 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit that would like to apply one of these jobs below.

    Bid Writer x2

    Marketing and Social Media Administrator x2

    Ecommerce Coordinator

    Human Resource

    Office Administrator x2

    Recruitment Consultant

    Sales Representative

  • Our target groups we aim to give opportunities to are:

    1. Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
    2. Elderly people that are isolated
    3. Local Authority care leavers
    4. Those with a disability or health problem including mental health
    5. People struggling with English
    6. Customers in our most deprived wards
    7. Ex-offenders
    8. People with a history of homelessness, drug or alcohol dependency
    9. Focus on the transition to work and overcoming practical barriers
    10. Lone parents and careers
    11. Individuals that are getting low income that are in poor financial condition that are looking for living wage.

    THE FUNDRAISING PROMISE

    This promise outlines the commitment made to donors and the public by fundraising organisations which register with the Fundraising Regulator.

    Those who register with the regulator agree to ensure their fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful.

    The standards for fundraising are set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.

     

    WE WILL COMMIT TO HIGH STANDARDS

    We will adhere to the Code of Fundraising Practice.

    We will monitor fundraisers, volunteers and third parties working with us to raise funds, to ensure that they comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice and with this Promise.

    We will comply with the law as it applies to charities and fundraising.

    We will display the Fundraising Regulator badge on our fundraising material to show we are committed to good practice.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WE WILL BE CLEAR, HONEST & OPEN

    We will tell the truth and we will not exaggerate.

    We will do what we say we are going to do with donations we receive.

    We will be clear about who we are and what we do.

    We will give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and change a regular donation.

    Where we ask a third party to fundraise on our behalf, we will make this relationship and the financial arrangement transparent.

    We will be able to explain our fundraising costs and show how they are in the best interests of our cause if challenged.

    We will ensure our complaints process is clear and easily accessible.

    We will provide clear and evidence based reasons for our decisions on complaints.

     

    WE WILL BE RESPECTFUL

    We will respect your rights and privacy.

    We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift. If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision.

    We will have a procedure for dealing with people in vulnerable circumstances and it will be available on request.

    Where the law requires, we will get your consent before we contact you to fundraise.

    If you tell us that you don’t want us to contact you in a particular way we will not do so.

    We will work with the Telephone, Mail and Fundraising Preference Services to ensure that those who choose not to receive specific types of communication don’t have to.

    WE WILL BE FAIR & REASONABLE

    We will treat donors and the public fairly, showing sensitivity and adapting our approach depending on your needs.

    We will take care not to use any images or words that intentionally cause distress or anxiety.

    We will take care not to cause nuisance or disruption to the public.

     

    WE WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE & RESPONSIBLE

    We will manage our resources responsibly and consider the impact of our fundraising on our donors, supporters and the wider public.

    If you are unhappy with anything we’ve done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint.

    We will listen to feedback and respond appropriately to compliments and criticism we receive.

    We will have a complaints procedure, a copy of which will be available on our website or available on request.

    Our complaints procedure will let you know how to contact the Fundraising Regulator in the event that you feel our response is unsatisfactory.

    We will monitor and record the number of complaints we receive each year and share this data with the Fundraising Regulator on request.

  • FUNDRAISING CODE OF PRACTICE - 01.10.2019

     

    ATTENTION: THIS IS ONLY A BRIEF SNAPSHOT FROM THE FULL FUNDRAISERS CODE OF PRACTICE, TO HIGHLIGHT ITEMS THAT MAYBE REVELANT TO AYGROUP. IN ALL INSTANCES YOU MUST CONSULT THE ORIGINAL CODE FOR FULL CLARIFICATION IN ALL FUNDRAISING MATTERS.

     

  • GDPR

    The law has changed around how organisations communicate with and store data about you (GDPR).

     

    Your email address is currently on our marketing, AY Group support list because we’ve either worked with you, or you’ve shown an interest in our Services in the past.

    We want to make sure we stay legally compliant, but more importantly, we don’t want to be a pest and make sure we are only contacting people who are happy to hear from us.

    So we hope you don’t mind us asking, but…

     

    Are you happy for us to carry on sending you emails about AY Group?

    If you would like to stay on our lists, and hear from us occasionally about our latest AY Group offers, support then please follow this link to let us know you are still happy to hear from us.

    Our Privacy Policy explains how we store and use your data, you can read it here.

     

    You’ll be able to unsubscribe or change your contact preferences at any time.

    If you do nothing, you will no longer receive AY Group Support/Marketing (new AY Group products/offers/discounts info) emails after 25th May 2018.

    We thank you for your interest in the past – and look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

     

    Your privacy and data is of the utmost importance to us and we will never share it with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose.

     

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    AY Group

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