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Jack Petchey Foundation celebrates 21st birthday

More than 800,000 young people in London and Essex have directly benefitted from the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation since it started 21 years ago, according to a new report.

The study into the difference the Jack Petchey Foundation has made since it first started in 1999 reveals that over 200,000 iconic Achievement Awards have been awarded to young people in London and Essex and over 2.5m people have attended a Jack Petchey Foundation event to celebrate young people.

The report 21 Years of Changing Lives: An Independent Impact Report was conducted by Bean Research to celebrate the Foundation’s 21st birthday and enable a better understanding of the depth and breadth of the positive impact the organisation has had across London and Essex.

Through the Jack Petchey Foundation’s programmes, young people develop specific skills – dance, public speaking, maths, table tennis and more – and through this, broader life skills are also developed.

The report also revealed that the foundation has recognised and trained over 10,000 leaders across the youth sector.

‘We were devastated that the pandemic prevented our plans to engage thousands of young people, schools and clubs in our 21st birthday celebrations – however it gave us the opportunity to reflect and record all that has been achieved over 21 years,’ said chief executive, Trudy Kilcullen.

‘We are delighted that this independent evaluation has recognised the significant “difference we make” and that it will help us to plan and quantify our future ambitions for young people too. I thank the many people who have contributed to this success over the years – together we are stronger – and we are indeed privileged to work with so many great people in order to create a positive future for our young people.’

The charity has also launched a new scheme, Jack Petchey’s Community Awards, which recognises young people from London and Essex that are going above and beyond to support their communities during the pandemic. The scheme has recognised over 300 young people so far and is still accepting nominations via the website.

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