2015 – a great year for the young people of Hertfordshire!

A look back at a year of achievements and success with Youth Connexions

In 2015 Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions supported thousands of Hertfordshire young people to develop their skills, have their say, contribute to their community and get into education, employment or training.

Here are some highlights from the year…

National Citizen Service – “The best thing I’ve done in 2015”

Over 400 young people participated in National Citizen Service (NCS) programmes with Youth Connexions during the summer, contributing widely to the community – £4,500 was raised by the summer groups alone.

In the autumn the
Stevenage NCS team made a real difference in their local community and raised £1,450 for charity, as well as gaining new skills and qualifications.

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What young people said about Youth Connexions services in 2015

81% of young people who attended a Youth Connexions project felt more positive about the future and said that they were more determined to succeed. See what else they said.

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When asked about Youth Connexions information, advice and guidance services, 99% of 733 young people questioned said they felt clearer about the action they needed to take to achieve their goals. Read more comments from young people and parents about Youth Connexions services.

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Celebrating success

During National Youth Work Week in November, the 2015 Youth Connexions Young People’s Awards ceremony took place.

Youth Connexions reached the finals of Children & Young People Now’s national youth work award.

2015 saw a record low number of young people in Hertfordshire that were not in education employment or training (NEET).

Youth Connexions achieved re-accreditation for the matrix award and was judged as showing “passion, commitment, innovation and imagination” in their work with young people.

New in 2015

In 2015 Youth Connexions launched a new service helping Hertfordshire’s primary school students to think about the world of work.

Youth democracy in action

Supported by Youth Connexions, young people from across the county came together at County Hall in October for the launch of the Hertfordshire Young People’s Manifesto 2015/16.

A busy year supporting UKYPs culminated in a Hertfordshire Member of Youth Parliament making a speech at the annual debating session in the House of Commons in November.

Six members of St Albans Youth Council (SAYC) briefed Councillors about their work at the Local Services Scrutiny Meeting of St Albans City and District Council in December.

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