£450,000 | Funding from 2018 to 2021
Leap is an award-winning national youth charity that provides inspirational conflict management programmes and personal support to young people and the professionals working with them.
Leap works with socially disadvantaged young people aged 11 to 25 who are struggling with conflict. Its purpose is to give young people the skills to understand and manage conflict in their lives, reduce violence in their communities, and help lead our society.
Many of the young people Leap works with have grown up in care, are not in mainstream education, are at risk of gang involvement and exploitation, or are caught up in the criminal justice system. They face high, sustained levels of conflict – violence, aggression, poor relationships, low self-esteem or bullying may be part of their daily lives. If badly managed this conflict can have a devasting effect for themselves and for society. But when managed well, conflict has the potential to unleash creativity, build grit and resilience, develop emotional resilience and bring about positive change.
By taking part in Leap’s training, young people gain the skills and personal resources to understand, manage and resolve conflict. This positively affects many areas of their lives including their relationships and decision-making abilities. They adopt new ways of thinking and behaving, are better placed to support peers in dealing with conflict and become leaders in their communities.
Leap believes it has the greatest impact when its programmes reach not only young people but also those who work with them. By learning more about their own relationship with conflict, adult professionals become more confident and better equipped to respond to young people’s needs. They gain tools and techniques for direct use when helping young people deal with challenging emotions.
Leap’s community work is focused in London. It also builds sector capacity through work with Local Authorities, national charities, local community groups, and in the secure estate. Young people are deeply engaged across the organisation and it has three Leap graduates on the board who bring lived experience and unique insight to decision-making.