New Beginnings Education Trust
This organisation is a Centre on Philanthropy member
The New Beginnings Education Trust (NBET) will support Bermuda’s ‘at risk’ youth in achieving the new beginnings they have visioned for themselves as they re-engage in educational, personal and professional development opportunities.
How would you describe Bermuda’s young people today? The New Beginnings Education Trust sees them as the possibility they are. Bermuda’s young people are STRONG. They are intelligent, passionate and dedicated. They have dreams and goals and want safety and security, just like most members of our community do. Bermuda’s... Read More
How would you describe Bermuda’s young people today? The New Beginnings Education Trust sees them as the possibility they are. Bermuda’s young people are STRONG. They are intelligent, passionate and dedicated. They have dreams and goals and want safety and security, just like most members of our community do. Bermuda’s young people ARE the SUCCESSFUL Leaders and STABILIZERS of our community moving forward.
What of those young people who are more often described as lazy, misguided, ill-behaved, selfish, trouble-makers, high-school drop outs, gang-bangers? Given the appropriate support and opportunity for personal development and to complete their education, they are one in the same.
Over the past four years alone, several hundred ‘at risk youth’ have chosen to accept the opportunities available to them to change their lives and refocus on their own personal development through programmes such as the MIRRORS Community Programme and Raleigh International. In fact, it was the participation as a volunteer Life Coach for MIRRORS by our Founding Trustree that led to the establishment of the Trust.
After working with a group of approximately 35 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years, Ms. Judd witnessed a number of the young people re-engaging in their education. She also saw how lack of funding added to the challenges faced by many who had decided to complete a GED (high school equivalency) Programme and-or who had successfully graduated from high school and wanted to persue further education opportunities.
Kerry decided then and there that she would do whatever she could to ensure that money was never the reason a young Bermudian was unable to attain their educational goals, regardless of past performance. Thus the concept for New Beginnings Education Trust was born.
With the support of her fellow Trustees and MIRRORs community, Kerry’s initial vision has become a reality, with the first education awards due to be announced imminently. Visibility and support for the Trust is gaining momentum and with your support, the foundation of passion that drives the Trust will be enhanced with the requisite infrastructure-funding necessary to ensure our young people have every opportunity to reach their fullest potential and go on to be the future leaders our community.
While there are several million dollars in scholarship funding available to young Bermudians covering a broad scope of career paths, there is a major gap in financial support for young people who perhaps do not fit the traditional vision of a scholarship applicant. They may not have the grade levels,... Read More
While there are several million dollars in scholarship funding available to young Bermudians covering a broad scope of career paths, there is a major gap in financial support for young people who perhaps do not fit the traditional vision of a scholarship applicant. They may not have the grade levels, participation in extracurricular activities and-or historical community service, etc. that the majority of scholarships require. Or they may have made past choices that would render them ineligible.
And yet, the young people that this Trust will support will be community leaders in their own time. They are smart, driven, and passionate and through programmes such as MIRRORs and Raleigh International they will have had the opportunity to see and understand how valuable they are to their families and the community. NBET will provide Education Grants to young people who have successfully completed an approved personal development programme and have been accepted into a GED, further educational and-or professional development programme.
With the recent announcement by the Bermuda Government of MIRRORs’ shift in focus to prevention and expanding the middle school Coaching For Success Programme, it is critical that our community NOT lose the opportunity of the benefits and progress that the methodology of the Community Programme for 15 - 18 year olds and 19 - 24 year old males has provided.
To understand the impact of its Community Programmes, Mirrors follows the youth that complete its programmes up to 10 years with check points at 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. They collect data to understand clearly the conditions and impacts of programming and use that to focus their work. Over the past four years, approximately 400 young people have completed personal development with MIRRORS
*Criminal Justice areas:
- At 6-month reporting period – 96% have not offended or reoffended – 6 groups
- 1 year (5 groups) 96%
- 2 years (3 groups) 91%
*Education – as of August 2011
-81% have graduated or are currently enrolled in Highshool-GED Programme ( 51% graduated and 30% currently enrolled)
-36% of those that have graduated are currently enrolled in higher education
Education is the greatest protection for youth – increases the chances of successful young adults!
The Trust is currently working closely with MIRRORS and the MIRRORS Alumni & Friends Association to raise funds for the 2012-13 programme year to bring back the Community programme focusing on 19 – 24 year old males and to ensure the Community programme for 15 – 18 year olds is held. Show Less