Improving Prospects: building the resilience of young people in the community

The way we work with young people

Improving Prospects is Leap’s longest running community-based programme designed to give young people aged 15-21 an insight into the causes and consequences of conflict. By taking part in training, young people gain the practical skills and confidence to take control of the direction their lives are taking. They learn that conflict is inevitable but when managed well, it can be a powerful catalyst for change. We support young people’s engagement and progression by providing 1-2-1 support before, during and after training.

We take referrals from partners in the community like local councils, youth services, youth offending services and schools. You can also refer yourself onto the course. Please get in contact with the team to find out more, or use the referral form at the end of this page.


Impact of the programme

“Leap’s training has made me more aware of my own actions. I am more considerate of others, and I am softer as a person. ”

Our Courses

Leadership course

The Leadership programme focuses on young people’s understanding and self-awareness of conflict – specifically in relation to choices and responsibility. This is done through group exercises, games and discussions with our expert trainers in a safe and friendly environment. The course can be delivered in partnership with external organisations.

  • A three-day self-leadership programme for young people aged 16-21
  • Supports young people to develop new responses to difficult situations and take responsibility for their actions
  • Kick starts engagement with their own personal development
  • Costs of training covered including travel and food
  • 1-2-1 support from Leap staff before, during and after the course
  • Delivered from our offices in Finsbury Park, London, or can be delivered at your location with groups of 12-16 young people 

Choice to Change

Choice to Change looks deeper into the concepts covered in the Leadership Course. Young people work together as a group to develop their understanding of conflict and put these concepts into practice. The course develops facilitation skills, giving young people the opportunity to deliver workshops to each other on topics covered during the programme.

  • A 10 day course, including a residential weekend, for young people aged 16-21
  • In depth exploration into young people’s understanding and self-awareness of conflict in relation to the choices they make
  • Free for participants with food and travel reimbursed 
  • 1-2-1 support from Leap staff before, during and after the course 
  • Delivered from our offices in Finsbury Park, London

1 day course

All our one day courses are delivered with partner organisations.

This course supports recruitment to our longer courses by providing an introduction to Leap and creating a pathway towards Leadership and Choice to Change. The course provides an introduction to Leap's conflict training with participants experiencing exercises and games from the Leadership and Choice to Change programmes. There is also the option for exercises to be delivered around one of the following modules:

  • Goal setting and decision making
  • Communication
  • Identity and Prejudice

Young Women's Work

Through group exercises, games and discussions facilitated by our expert team of trainers, we support positive relationship building and improved decision making by exploring issues of consent, choice and safety. Developed for young women, the course examines self-value by raising awareness and understanding of young women’s experiences as females.

This is a program for young women between 13 and 21 years old, who may be at risk or involved with gangs:

  • A three-day programme packed with group exercises, games and discussions
  • Supports young women to improve their sense of self-worth and belief in their value, qualities and abilities
  • Kick starts engagement with their own personal development
  • 1-2-1 support from Leap staff before and after the course
  • Can be delivered at your location, with groups of 5-10 young women

Progression Routes

After completing our programmes, all young graduates can join the Youth Involvement Group. This gives them an opportunity to stay in touch with those on their course as well as meet others. These sessions are often designed by the young people themselves, and provide training and opportunities to disccuss topics which are important to them, from relationships to public speaking. 

Members of the Youth Involvement Group can also get involved with Leap’s wider work, such as planning and attending events, becoming spokespeople or volunteering with us.

Our dedicated Progression Routes Officer supports graduates to continue developing after our courses, including CV writing and finding education, employment or training opportunities. We also build partnerships with other organisations, from radio stations to financial companies, to give graduates access to new experiences. 

Training young trainers

Leap's Training Young Trainers Programme is a six month course that provides our graduates aged between 17-25 the opportunity to be trained to deliver Leap workshops. The programme is run by experienced Leap trainers and participants gain a Level 3 OCN accreditation in 'designing and delivering a workshop'.

The course provides young people with expert training in planning workshops for different cohorts and audiences. This is done through a number of sessions at Leap, two residentials trips and the opportunity to observe Leap's experienced trainers.

On completion of the course participants will have an opportunity to apply to join Leap's training pool and become freelance trainers for Leap. They will also receive support from Leap's Progression Routes Officer to find other freelance opportunities.