Goal – Driven CIC has received funding from children’s charity, Oakland Foundation, to support a new series of money themed workshops for 15-year-olds at the Continental Star Football Club (CSFC) in Perry Barr, Birmingham, starting this September.
Funding will be spent on CSFC’s U15s squad and aims to help these young people think about how they use and manage their money through a series of weekly workshops covering, your future your way, gamble awareness, money IQ and young entrepreneur.
Goal – Driven CIC Founder and Community Mentor, Cornell Fox, said: “So many young people in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham are dealing with serious hardship. Finding a job is hard enough these days, with hard-to-reach groups facing even greater barriers than most.
“Oakland Foundation’s funding means we can provide a safe place where these young adults, who’ve seen and experienced true hardship, can take part in a range of themed workshops and also find a real sense of belonging, with role models they can trust and confide in.”
From September the teenagers, who are all dealing with some form of adversity, as well as having the opportunity to take part in a selection of finance-themed workshops, will also be shown how to embrace and grow their own mental toughness with the help of a sports psychologist, take part in cooking with a Premier League chef and have the chance to undergo an accredited Football Association football refereeing course facilitated by the Birmingham County Football Association.
“Oakland Foundation funding means we can reach out to some of the most disadvantaged youth in the Perry Barr area, which is where the need is so great, and hopefully help to deflect their attention from addiction, crime, low educational attainment and instead focus on employability, goal setting, and positive lifestyle choices.” added Cornell.
Oakland Foundation Trustee, Mark Williams, commented: “The Trustees really embraced this application as it targets the young people the charity wishes to reach out to.
“Goal Driven CIC is doing a fantastic job with these 15-year-olds and learning how to manage their money is so important in this current economic climate. We are really pleased to have been asked to support such a worthwhile project and look forward to seeing the results.”