Our Goals

To motivate and help young people to see the benefits of a successful education and reach their full potential and improve their life chances

To help young people build determination, resilience and confidence for their future

To support young people and their families to understand the wide range of options open to them including high quality employment, apprenticeships and higher education

To empower young people to understand, value and use their own personal qualities

Our Mission

Our mission is to open eyes, minds and doors to release the potential of every young person. We empower young people
in some of the most economically challenged areas of Bristol and Somerset to prepare for successful futures. We achieve this by working collaboratively with schools, families, the local community and the ever-growing generosity of our supporters both in industry and education.

Young people are selected by their schools to join one of our programmes for one or more years, and through consistent support from their cohort peers and their SBY Programme Lead, young people develop skills and confidence in a safe environment.

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Our Impact

Our model of working is based on sustained work with young people and we achieve this by partnering with businesses, schools, colleges & universities, and cultural and heritage partners. This provides young people with  a wide range of experiences designed to help them understand future options, and the confidence to reach their full potential.

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Our Programmes

Our programmes provide the skills, knowledge and confidence to help young people better understand pathways to apprenticeships, higher education and better jobs.

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Parents & Carers

Building trusting relationships with parents/carers and wider family members is very important to us, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We know that when you see a young person experience success in new areas, it is a massive boost to the whole family – and everyone feels more confident about her/his ability to achieve.

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Support us

To achieve their potential, all young people require opportunities to develop life skills, self-belief and comprehensive knowledge about accessing apprenticeships, higher education or better jobs. With your help, we can ensure that every young person receives these opportunities.


Find helpful resources for navigating our programmes and developing your experience.

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Student Stories

Hear about our students experiences on the SBY programmes.

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News & Blog

Read all of the latest news and blog articles in the SBY Information Hub.

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Skills Build You

SBY’s Employability Package, Skills Build You, provides three exciting days of activities designed to develop students develop.

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Online Safety

As a charity working with young people, safeguarding is our top priority.

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