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International Youth Foundation Nokia - Connecting People National Children's Bureau


Sophie Wood

Programme Manager

Life Routes

National Children's Bureau

8 Wakley Street

London EC1V 7QE

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7843 6000

Fax: +44 (0)20 7278 9512

Email: swood@ncb.org.uk

  Young people at Life Routes event

Welcome to Life Routes

Life Routes is an innovative life-skills programme, specifically developed to raise levels of young people’s self-confidence and awareness of their own potential through project and team-based learning. It empowers young people to take responsibility for their own development.

Life Routes works with vulnerable young people aged 11-19 through a network of local programmes funded and supported by Nokia and managed by the National Children’s Bureau in the four government regions identified as having the highest indices of deprivation: North East, North West, Yorks and Humber and London. Life Routes is part of an international network of programmes through the International Youth Foundation (www.iyfnet.org)

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  • Since January 2004     Life Routes has reached over 15,000 young people

  • Over 500 practitioners have engaged with    Life Routes through training sessions, project development and conferences

  • 85% of the young people increased   levels of team work, respect for others, listening skills and critical thinking

  • Young people said     they planned to put their learning into practice by:
    • Being positive and not giving up
    • Showing how     they have    become better communicators
    • By doing better    at school
    • Becoming more active in their     local communities

What young people and practitioners say about Life Routes