A charity which helps youngsters from underprivileged and troubled backgrounds to get insights into work and university has been given a £2,500 Closer To You boost by The Clear Group and Ecclesiastical Insurance.
Future Frontiers partners with businesses and schools to offer face-to-face coaching and access to professional role models to students in the final years of their GCSE and A-level education.
The London-based charity has turned around the lives of thousands of teenagers – like Taosif, a boy who was predicted a three C grades in his A levels, but raised that to three A grades with offers from four Russell Group universities after his involvement with Future Frontiers.
Anuj Dhanak, the charity’s Partnerships Manager, said, ‘The involvement of companies like The Clear Group is essential to our success, and not just because of the financial support they give. We work with kids from really tough backgrounds, sometimes with no working adults in the family, and with our business partners we are able to give them the knowledge and skills that can make all the difference when it comes to making the transition from school into education or employment.
‘I can’t thank The Clear Group or Ecclesiastical enough – COVID-19 has put huge pressure on charities like ours so the commitment from businesses to supporting us is more important than ever.’
Howard Lickens, CEO of The Clear Group, said, ‘I like the way we can support the community and also get involved – it’s an opportunity for some of our staff to do some mentoring and actually learn from these young people. It’s a two-way thing, certainly. Some of our best brokers haven’t been born with a silver spoon in their mouths by any means – they’re just naturally good with people and great at solving problems. Wouldn’t it be great if we can open the eyes of some of these youngsters to the opportunities in our industry, and tap some of the undoubted talent that is out there?’