You Make It has recently been highlighted as an ‘architect of meritocracy’ in the Financial Times, in recognition of its consistent and high impact work to empower marginalised young women from some of the most deprived boroughs in London since 2011 to succeed in life against the odds. Across all of our programmes, we achieve over 90% retention and of all graduates to date, 82% have credited our intervention for enabling them to access long term employment, establishing their own start-ups or accessing formal education linked to well thought through career aspirations.

While our core team is small, we are huge on partnerships for delivery of our programmes including mentoring, recruitment of women, work placements and workshop hosting. To date, just a handful of these have included Publicis. Sapient amongst other digital agencies, Barbican, Free Word Centre, Rich Mix, Royal Opera House, Tommy Hilfiger, Vice Magazine, Media Trust, University of East London, and corporates including State Street Bank, Morrison & Foerster and Eversheds LLP.

The You Make It team have now distilled what makes our approach successful, and have used this as the basis from which to design this two-day course and the modules covered in it. We invite you to take part as someone working in either the commercial, public or charity sector with a remit to engage, retain and ensure success for young people.

The course will be highly interactive, inspire open and honest discussion and reflection of your current practices. There will also be consideration of our practice, and time to consider how you could trial new ways of working as a result, and how to share outcomes with the group later in the year.

Have a look at our YMI Happen Info Sheet for more details on the course by clicking here.



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YMI provides a fantastic support network and learning opportunity for local young women; helping them realise their potential and empowering them to grow in confidence.
Stephanie Grace Collins, Trustee