Crowdfund Lambeth supports youth employment prospects

29 March 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

Children and young people - Voluntary and community sector

I AM Employability set a ÂŁ2,500 Crowdfunder target to support 32 students leaving secondary school in 2021 to gain Accredited Level 2 Employability certification. Lambeth helped meet their target.

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Crowdfund Lambeth supports youth employment prospects

I AM Employability set a £2,500 Crowdfunder target to support 32 students leaving secondary school in 2021 to gain Accredited Level 2 Employability certification. In 35 days they raised £2,766 from 43 supporters –  with £1,250 match-fund from Crowdfund Lambeth.

Invest, inspire, influence and impact

Sasha Gay Smith (pictured above) founded I AM IN ME to ‘Invest, Inspire, Influence and Impact’ the lives of those most in need, preparing young people at risk of exclusion, not in education, employment or training, or at risk of gang affiliation (with a focus on BAME communities) to be equipped, empowered, and ready to step into apprenticeship, traineeship, T-Levels or higher education.

Employability certification

Crowdfunded money will double the number of people I AM IN ME supports to achieve Highfield Accredited level 2 Employability certification and increase their opportunities – with an immediate focus on 16-year olds looking for next steps in September, young people unemployed before Covid-19, and ex-offenders. For each young person, a level 2 Highfield Employability kit costs ÂŁ43.14 with ÂŁ26 for the certificate.

The scale of the challenge

House of Commons Library research into youth unemployment for September-November 2020 shows:

  • 591,000 16-24 year olds unemployed
  • 505,000 18-24 year olds unemployed, 1.59 million economically inactive.
  • Unemployed 18-24s rose 3% in a year from10.2% to 13.2%.
  • 86,000 16-17 year olds unemployed; 1.11 million economically inactive.

More information

To contribute to I AM IN ME’s mission see their website or via PayPal

Crowdfund Lambeth is a platform to support community projects making our borough a unique place to live, work, learn and do business. The project must demonstrate strong local support shown through a vibrant crowdfunding campaign. To be considered for match-funding from Lambeth Council, the project must also meet some simple criteria and contribute to one or more of the borough plan priorities:

  • Sustainable growth: a growing economy that everyone benefits from.
  • Resilient communities: communities that are thriving and connected.
  • Promote care and independence: people have support to live well and independently.
  • Place: Make Lambeth a place people want to live, work and invest.

To find out if your project or initiative is eligible for match-funding see our criteria and apply online