Inspired Youth was founded as a project in 2010 with the sole purpose of engaging local businesses with local young people. In 2013, Inspired Youth was incorporated as a social enterprise, and continues to grow into a supporting network of local business owners and managers working together to mentor and provide support to young people. The continuous development of Inspired Youth has been entirely funded by the organisations which are involved within it; local employers and other organisations committed to developing the young people of our region and providing opportunity where they can.
The project is predominantly run by a core team at Inspired Youth, supported by hundreds of volunteers including local employers, training providers and teachers. Activities are run across Norfolk and Suffolk involving thousands of students from junior school through to graduate level. The activities are supported by local businesses ranging from micro and start up businesses through to major national companies with a local presence. Since the project was founded in 2010 it has worked with over 10,000 young people across the region.
Inspired Youth is well placed to partner with organisations looking to work on educational activities. Through its work, it has built up a network of interested teachers, career advisers, providers and employers looking to work together on career based activities. Inspired Youth is always looking for activities that will increase the amount of opportunities teachers and career advisers can offer the young people in East Anglia, giving them real choice in planning their future career and organising themselves in life.
Inspired Youth is a multi-award-winning initiative which has gained recognition both regionally and nationally. First recognised by the BITC (Business In the Community) in 2012, the project has been award Best Regional Initiative for the East of England, and has received the National Big Tick from the BITC for a number of consecutive years. In addition to this, Inspired Youth has also received national recognition from the hospitality industry and has been finalists for six years running at the national Springboard awards in London, winning the Best Regional Initiative in 2013 and Young Person Award in 2016. Inspired Youth has also been finalists for two years running at the EDP Business Awards for its work in community impact within Norfolk, winning the EDP Business Award Skills for Tomorrow in 2016.