Young Enterprise Scotland (YES), a charity that develops young people’s business skills (with ‘a learning by doing’ approach), is urging supporters in Scotland to help it win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s UK-wide.
Persimmon Homes (Scotland) has placed YES on the shortlist to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to charities securing the most online votes.
If in succeeds in securing enough votes, the new funding will be invested in a new team initiative aimed at students across Scotland with mild to moderate learning difficulties requiring some additional support.
Set up in 1992, each year, YES supports around 15,000 young people from all backgrounds across Scotland, by developing their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.
Young Enterprise Scotland Chief Executive Geoff Leask said:
“It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.
“If we win, we want to introduce a new team programme in Scotland which is similar to our existing Company Programme, but this one will provide an enterprise journey for students who have mild to moderate learning difficulties and require some additional support.
“It will enable us to aid young people’s transition from education into independent living and employment, by helping them gain confidence and life skills through working as a team to set up and run an enterprise”.
To register their vote for YES, supporters are asked to visit:
Voting is open now and closes at midnight on September 27.