DAY1...Finding young people's strength

The directors will provide guidance and leadership. Robert and Ed, the co-founders, will be involved in all activities. There will also be two to three additional appointments to the board to provide as wide and experienced a management team as possible.

Key to the success of DAY1 is the quality of the mentors and their commitment to the DAY1 credo. This means investing in the development and coaching of the mentors and the directors ensuring that the underlying Day1 credo becomes part of everything we do.

The program is results driven and managed in a way that is business-like and professional and focused not only on providing a social contribution, but also on providing a cost effective high quality of service.

Age Range of Participants

14 to 17 years old.

DAY1 Award

Award opportunities will be open to all genders and ethnic groups. A number of schools are recommending the program to young people who they think would most benefit from it. All the young people participating in the scheme have volunteered to do so.

Into the Wild
A long weekend of camping “adventure” in a remote location. This will not be about macho style physical achievement or hardship. It will be about enjoying a challenge, in whatever shape or form, and in engaging positively with new experiences.

By removing each person from their normal surroundings they become less inhibited and more open to experimenting with new activities and new ways of “being”. Simply cooking a meal on an open fire will be a new and enjoyable experience for most young people.

DAY1 is not an outward bound adventure program. The outdoor element of DAY1 is only the initial catalyst, and a cost effective way, to take the young people into a new environment, an environment which we believe can engender the beginning of changes and allow everyone quickly to get to know each other.

One-to-one Focus
A week after the “adventure”, another meeting will take place, this time one-to-one with each person. We will explore with each individual what they liked and disliked about the “adventure” and, in this way we hope they will identify some element of particular pleasure or achievement that can provide a positive focus for the future and a way to lead into the next stage. This meeting is unlikely to take place in a school or any other formal setting.

This important initial stage is for the mentor and the young person to get to know each other, building mutual respect and trust. Once a week they will enjoy participating in some common interest. As the weeks progress and a bond is built, ideas for work experience and personal development will begin to be discussed. When the time is judged right this will enable progress to the next stage on the Day1 experience.

The next stage is to channel the spark of interest and ideas through mentoring and linking in to other individuals and organisations who/which can take the interest further and maintain the inspiration. For some this may mean facilitating work experience with a game-keeper or a hotel or restaurant, while for others it may identify some other challenge or interest that the young person wants to hear more about.

Active mentoring continues for the rest of the year and focuses especially on helping the young person to move either directly into work of their choice or into an apprenticeship or a college course as best suits their needs. As the year comes to an end, the young person should be in a position, both mentally and practically, to take control of their own future. This “letting go” process is different for each and every DAY1 mentoring relationship and will always be conducted with the best interests of the young person at heart.

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