Hello! Interested in best practice guidance and ready to go resources for you or your youth work team? Perhaps you’re a youth worker already running social action, wellbeing or single gender programmes and wanting some fresh ideas or maybe this would be a brand-new venture for you. Maybe you’re looking for a complete how to guide or just some support to make your practice even better.
Whatever you’re after and whichever way you’ve found us we’re happy you’re here!
Co-designed with young people, EmpowHER was a three-and-a-half-year programme (2018-2021) addressing the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK, supporting young people to give back to their local communities with inclusive, meaningful social action. Over 2000 participants progressed through a powerful journey of social engagement, social learning, social action, and youth leadership, breaking down personal barriers and used their voice to lead change in communities.
This toolkit is designed to bring the very best of EmpowHER to the sector, with thanks to our funders Spirit of 2012 and #iwill.
You can use this toolkit in its entirety to deliver the EmpowHER programme or pick and choose resources with the young people you work with. This toolkit is made up of eight sections, full of ready to go resources, thoughtful ideas, and top tips to support young people through their journeys.
Rewards and Recognition is a key part of cementing the learnings, growth and achievements of the young people who have participated on the programme. Through the years, we have seen the power of rewards and recognition to increase self-esteem and motivation of the young women and girls as well as to help motivate continued engagement in social action. Recognising non-academic achievements in this way can be particularly powerful for young women and girls who may not regularly receive praise and certificates in academic settings. Indeed, for many young women and girls who excelled on EmpowHER this recognition was a new and hugely impactful experience.
Partnerships can also bring different skill sets together – our partnership with the British Red Cross brought campaigning expertise and unique social opportunities whilst Young Women’s Trust were able to bring their expertise on gender specific advocacy. Young people benefit from different types of support and guidance and by coming together we make a bigger impact.
Here are some top tips and resources on creating and sustaining powerful partnerships.How to have Powerful partnerships Top Tips
We all know that amazing programmes need amazing funders. Here are some resources to help you get started with securing funding for your programme and creating lasting change.