In the first grant round of the Youth Endowment Fund established with a £200 million endowment from the Home Office and run by Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, 22 projects across England and Wales will share in £16.2m to help prevent youth offending by intervening early to stop children getting dragged into crime.
The Youth Endowment Fund is dedicated to build the evidence base to determine what works and support improved outcomes for children and young people. Each project will be evaluated to build and share knowledge of the types of interventions which are most effective at preventing young people from being drawn in to crime and violence.
From intensive family therapy to street-based and school mentoring programmes, 30,000 young people between the ages of 10-14 will directly benefit from ground-breaking interventions that the Youth Endowment Fund will support, evaluate and where they are shown to have impact, grow.
The first grantees include organisations adapting well established programmes with good evidence from other parts of the world, as well as newer community projects testing more innovative approaches.
Further grant rounds will be announced in the coming months.
Nick Temple, Chief Executive of Social Investment Business, said:
“We are delighted to announce the successful grantees for the Youth Endowment fund, together with our partners Impetus and the Early Intervention Foundation. With so much interest, the first grant round was extremely competitive, reflecting all the promising work taking place across England and Wales to tackle youth offending. We look forward to working closely with this round of grantees, as well as learning from the evidence and experience to inform our future work.
SIB’s involvement in the YEF partnership continues to reflect our strategic aims to use evidence and learning to inform the design of funds and programmes, and to seize opportunities to use our strengths and skills to have a transformative impact.”
Sir Kevan Collins, Chair of the Youth Endowment Fund, said:
"The safety and wellbeing of young people is our first priority. Our first round of grants is the start of a 10 year programme of work designed to build a better understanding of what works to prevent young people being drawn into crime and a violence."
Andy Ratcliffe from Impetus, lead partner of the Youth Endowment Fund, said:
“Young people being drawn in to violent crime is an issue of huge concern for communities right across the country. The Youth Endowment Fund is a serious long-term commitment to tackling this problem. We’ll fund, support and evaluate front line interventions to start making a difference now, while building a knowledge base of what works, what doesn’t and where we need to focus our resources.”
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About the Youth Endowment Fund
The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is a bold new initiative to tackle youth offending by intervening early with 10-14-year olds across England and Wales, and building knowledge of what interventions are effective at preventing later offending.