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Youth Contract - Karl's Story

Posted on 15 October 2013

What's it like taking part in On-Track? Read Karl's* story
Karl* signed up to On-Track in March 2013 following a referral from Bail Support. He has a chaotic home life as a carer for his seriously ill mother and with physically violent family members. After completing his needs assessment, his youth mentor worked with Karl to address his substance misuse.

His action plan included working towards being an architect and meeting a professional to understand what was involved. His mentor accompanied Karl to GSS in Kettering, who spent several hours talking through projects, routes of progression and the possible perks and pitfalls. This inspired him and he felt very motivated to start from the bottom, retake GCSEs, complete A-Levels and apply for architectural college.

His youth mentor assisted him in applying for Foundation Learning to build confidence in a learning environment. His mentor took him to a guidance appointment, helped with an application for additional learning support and took him in for a risk assessment (due to criminal convictions). Thanks to this support Karl was awarded a place so was taken for the first day by his youth mentor.

Karl’s mentor informed other professionals at every stage so all mandatory appointments were arranged around college. Karl said he wished he had done it earlier as he was enjoying it and had surprised himself.

Before the end of Foundation Learning, Karl and his mentor looked at what options were available next – he wanted to retake his GCSEs as he now felt able to and also start an Art and Design Course at Level 1. This was applied for and they looked for activities over the summer, including the accredited Princes Trust 5 Day Photography course.

His action plan has been updated while we have been working with him as he has completed each task – for instance one was to get him engaged in local activities. He has accepted all courses that have been offered with his interests in mind such as a week-long media course run by Wind and Foster and a group cooking course with other Youth Contract trainees.

Karl’s mentor will continue to support him until March 2014, supporting him to achieve his goals and giving him the skills to continue with college.

*please note to protect identities, images of the young people are not specific to the stories and names have been changed.


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