The Royal Association for Deaf People

Tailored support for deaf young people in London schools

More than 100 deaf young people across London are getting inspirational careers advice and wellbeing support, through a new project by the Royal Association for Deaf People. ‘Deaf Youth Advance’ is all about making sure deaf young people have the same opportunities to achieve their goals and aspirations as their peers.

Our grant of almost £30,000 is helping to fund workshops in schools, as well as one-to-one support. The 11 to 16 year olds taking part are learning about and discussing career options, the job market, skills and qualifications, as well as workplace support available for deaf employees and advocacy for accessibility. Participants receive one-to-one advice sessions, via video or live chat, where they can talk through issues including their studies, bullying, family or mental health concerns. All Deaf Youth Advance workshops and sessions are run in the young people’s first language – British Sign Language.

  • 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents – only 10% of those parents will learn sign language.
  • Deaf Youth Advance provides the opportunity for deaf young people to meet other deaf people their own age, creating friendships and a support network.
  • Our grant for Deaf Youth Advance will support 100 deaf young people aged 11-16 across London in deaf schools, schools with hearing units, and mainstream schools.

Opening up opportunities

As part of Deaf Youth Advance, young people will benefit from the ‘Money Mechanics financial education programme (created in collaboration with MyBNK – who we also supported. Read about our grant to MyBNK here).

Our grant is also supporting three activity days for deaf young people across London from different schools to come together. Helping to reduce isolation and tackle loneliness, these activity days are an opportunity to forge new friendships and build a greater support network, and, crucially, meet deaf role models.

“We’re delighted to support the Royal Association for Deaf People’s vision to build a future of opportunity, achievement and equality for deaf people through the Deaf Youth Advance project.”

Sharika Alam, Grants Officer, Kusuma Trust

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