The Prince's Trust

Reaching the Hardest to Reach

The Prince’s Trust believes in young people. They believe that every young person, no matter what their background, has the potential to succeed and build a better future for themselves.

Through their unique programmes, they give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. They have helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976. In addition, they support a further 100 young people each day and 80% of those that complete our programmes get a job, move into further education, training or meaningful volunteering.

The young people they support have often overcome tremendous barriers: ill-health, drug dependency, poverty and lack of confidence to name a few. They reach into the most disadvantaged communities across the UK and focus their efforts on helping people aged 13 to 30 who are: struggling at school, leaving care, long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

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Prince’s Trust xl clubs
A personal development programme aimed at young people aged 13 to 19 at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school. The aim is to keep young people in school and to re-engage them in education through an informal, youth-led and supportive setting.

Prince’s Trust xl clubs have been running since 1998 and there are currently over 900 clubs supporting more than 10,000 young people across the UK. Guided by an Adviser, young people are encouraged to work together as a small group to achieve goals relating to their education, training and future lives. Through practical and fun activities, a Prince’s Trust xl club provides young people with the space and attention they need to learn skills and confidence as well as to form a sense of ownership over their work and own development.

There are five key activity areas: Personal, Team and Interpersonal Skills; Active Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise; Preparation for Work; Enrichment Projects.

Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing United Kingdom, said: “As part of its Group Corporate Citizenship programmes, Boeing UK assists the Prince’s Trust in helping improve the quality of life in the UK, particularly meeting the need to improve education and skills in the communities in which we do business.”

Boeing support to The Prince’s Trust xl clubs aligns with a Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship objective to help a community’s most vulnerable residents.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Prince’s Trust
In October 2012, Boeing, The Prince’s Trust and The London Philharmonic Orchestra started to collaborate to provide xl clubs with music education activities.

The Boeing Project will involve The London Philharmonic Orchestra initially working with a group of students from an xl club in East London across a number of sessions before incorporating them into The Band for one session and a final performance. The Band is a group managed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which exists for young people to write and perform their own music, influenced by the group members and the musical styles that they love. Musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra are involved and members take inspiration from blues, hip hop, reggae, soul and many more styles to create their own new tracks with a classical twist. The sessions will feed directly into the units of work covered in the xl clubs to help develop personal, interpersonal and team skills as well as link to the clubs’ enrichment projects and in turn hopefully increase the confidence and self-esteem of the group as well as helping with social skills and behaviour.

The Boeing Project will see London Philharmonic Orchestra working with participants at the xl club for six workshops in the latter half of the autumn term. Lessons learned will enable the teams to scale up the project and provide regular courses to xl clubs from 2013.