Giving young people’s confidence and wellbeing a boost

Gibraltar-based charity CYE-CYL (pronounced: ‘cycle’) is all about boosting young people’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, fostering strengths beyond academic achievements. Its programmes help build confidence, drive and ambition and provide young people with the practical skills they need for employment or further education.

In July 2019, and 2021, we gave grants of £5,000 and £10,000 respectively to support CYE-CYL’s Summer Challenge. To start with, participants get active at a residential outdoors centre, taking part in activities, such as abseiling, kayaking, hiking and rock-climbing. Next, they focus on building specific skills. This might be photography, drama, enterprise, media or sports, which young people then use to support local community partners, which includes Clubhouse Gibraltar.

  • Our funding to CYE-CYL’s Summer Challenge supported 5 participants in 2019 and 10 in 2021.The camp didn’t run in 2020 because of Covid-19.
  • The 16 to 20 year olds who took part gained the practical skills and confidence, drive and ambition necessary to find jobs or go on to further education.
  • Young participants have raised thousands of pounds for local charities during the Summer Challenge.

Employment opportunities and internships

Finally, the programme focuses on drawing out the young person’s inner entrepreneur – participants come up with a service or product to market to the local community. A panel of experts assess the projects and provide personal feedback.

After they’ve completed this three-week challenge, CYE-CYL collaborates with partner organisations to provide young people with employment or internships. They’re also offered one-to-one sessions with mentors to
 help them make contacts. Graduates of the programme meet up regularly to take part in workshops and community initiatives.

“The grant from Kusuma Trust will support young people to excel outside of the classroom with their vocational, mental and emotional development. The pandemic has proved to be a difficult year for many young people. Therefore, we will ensure CYE-CYL supports participants to feel uplifted, empowered and inspired to continue thriving.”

Navin Mayani, CYE-CYL

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