Headstart Action Programmes

HeadStart Action was designed by The Challenge in partnership with The Mayor of London and Lendlease and was piloted in Southwark in 2018. It is a tailored 16-week programme designed for 14-18 year olds who are either in the 'forgotten middle' or those who are at risk of becoming NEET.

Playing video games to raise money

  • 70 students
  • 16 to 18 year olds
  • 2 weeks

Students studying game design at Canterbury College (part of the EKC group) ran a 3 day video games festival to raise money for a Demelza Children’s Hospice. After visiting the Demelza charity shop and finding out more about the work of the hospice, students were inspired to use their interests to raise money.

Supporting the police to engage better with young people

  • 5 students
  • 14 and 15 year olds
  • 16 weeks

Students at School 21 worked with The Met to research the question: “how attractive is the Metropolitan Police as an employer”. Students met with a variety of different teams, learned about different roles, made vlogs and produced research to inform The Met on the ways in whi