Launched in 2018 by Joe Gibb, an experienced and qualified specialist youth worker.
Youth Empowerment Scotland’s unique youth engagement approach creates an enabling environment ensuring that personal growth and development can take place through our five branches methodology.
Our theory of change is informed by five equal branches of support which are:
· Sport (pathways)
· Youth leadership
An additional sixth branch to our methodology respite residential care is also on offer to those young people and their families who require additional support and guidance which means the young person is unable to live at home.
Youth Empowerment Scotland is committed to supporting Scotland’s young people enabling them to achieve their potential & beyond.
Our long-term aim is to realise and develop the potential of young people in the most deprived communities across Ayrshire and the wider demographic. Local and national data reveals young people from deprived communities are more likely to be involved in criminal behaviour, be excluded from education and employment, be less likely to be able to access healthcare, and have a reduced life expectancy.
We will focus on personal development throughout our work with young people in order to have an impact in these essential areas. We intend to work with young people who are:
· At a loose end with nothing to do
· Known to statutory services
· Are Looked After or Looked After & Accommodated
· Involved with gangs and gang violence
· Committing criminal acts and anti social behaviour
· Classiﬁed as not being in education, employment or training (NEET’s)
· Suﬀering from mental and physical health issues
Joe is an experienced specialist youth worker, researcher and advocate of the power of positive community engagement. For the past fourteen years he has worked with disadvantaged young people. He has a range of qualifications that include post graduate level qualifications in child protection and child and youth care.
Joe is committed to promoting the rights of young people ensuring young people can achieve their full potential. He has set up Youth Empowerment Scotland CIC by developing an evidence based philosophy of care that is trauma informed, adverse experience aware, uses attachment theory and actively promotes resilience. Youth Empowerment Scotland’s philosophy of care informs the organisations theory of change that takes a strength based approach and uses a whole systems approach to tackle some of the complex entrenched personal and social issues experienced by those that they support. Youth Empowerment Scotland's theory of change assumes that a young person’s behaviour, circumstance & lifestyle choices they make are dependent on the way they see themselves, how they relate to others, and how they see their future.