Our Leaders For Life programme enables young people to realise their potential as they grow to HOPE, BELONG, CONTRIBUTE, and THRIVE.

Over the course of 14 weeks, young people will engage with YMCA and corporate partners, including receiving training from Sage specialists. We will have a number of experience-based sessions that are co-designed with the participants, in a way that gently pushes young people out of their comfort zone.

A celebration event designed by the participants will round up the programme and celebrate everything the young people have achieved over the 14 weeks!

The programme will cover the following themes:

– Knowing myself

– Listening & perception

– Relationships

– Attitudes & stereotypes

– Anger & assertiveness

– Conflict & negotiation

– Teamwork & leadership

– Taking care of myself

– Budgeting

– Options & the future

– CV writing & interviews

Please note spaces are limited and first come, first served. Grab your place now!

Throughout this programme, we hope that the young people who engage will;

HOPE – raising aspirations in a supportive environment

BELONG – increased happiness, greater interests, more confident, great sense of connection to their wider community

CONTRIBUTE – developed sense of meaning or purpose, they will feel able to contribute to their local community through meaningful volunteering or paid employment opportunities

THRIVE – securing employment, volunteering or further education, better mental and emotional wellbeing, a sense of accomplishment


Got a question about Leaders For Life? Chances are you’re not the first to ask! Read our FAQs below to find out more about our programme. And if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, get in touch!

Who is eligible?

Young people who are not in education, employment or training. Or those who are due to end their training or education soon and aren’t sure what to do next (there may be a potential clash but get in touch). If you are 14/15 – 25 years old and stuck, get in touch!

How much does it cost?

It is completely FREE – yes you read that right! There is no cost to you to engage in this programme thanks to funding from Sage. And we have even budgeted to cover your travel costs to get to us if you have any!

How do young people enrol?

All you need to do is get in touch with us – via email (community@ymcanorthtyneside.org) or phone (07397901555). It is that simple. We will then follow up with you to go through all the details.

Will the young people need to pay for anything throughout the programme?

No. In fact, we have tried to cover all costs that you may incur through engaging with the programme as to remove anything that might prevent you from engaging with us.

When does it all start?

Tuesday 20th February 2024 – get that date in your dairy! Don’t wait, contact us today!

What will the Celebration Event include?

There is a celebration event at the end of the course which will be youth-led – by this, we mean, YOU, the participants, will be deciding what we do to celebrate the end of the project. It can be ANYTHING (within the budget)!


Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis so get in touch now to enquire and register your interest!

Please either fill out the form below, email community@ymcanorthtyneside.org or call Katie on 07397901555.

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The Leaders for Life programme has been made possible by generous funding from Sage.