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.
Since July 2019, we’ve supported CYE-CYL’s Summer Challenge. We gave a grant of £5,000 in 2019 and grants of £10,000 in 2021 and 2022. (The Challenge didn’t run in 2020 because of Covid-19.)
Summer Challenge participants start by getting 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, 10 in 2021 and 45 in 2022.
- 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 continued support from Kusuma Trust enables CYE-CYL to offer more young people the opportunity to gain the life-long tools they need to become free from low self-esteem, self-doubt and negative self-perception to be able to live with confidence, drive and ambition. We are extremely grateful for Kusuma Trust’s enthusiasm to support a charity that empowers young people to thrive and flourish.”