At N-Gage we work with young people who are at risk of two types of exclusion, educational and social.
In school, exclusion means a child has been removed from school, usually because of their behaviour, and is not allowed to attend there for a certain number of days.
If a child is excluded permanently, their name will be removed from the school register and they will not be allowed to return to that school at all.
The government has defined social exclusion as “what can happen when people or areas suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime, bad health and family breakdown”.
It involves a person or a group’s ability to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life and their relationships with others.
How Does N-Gage Help?
- We go into schools early, rather than as a last resort to stop something becoming negative early rather than later.
- We have our youth buses travel out to where they would be normally hanging around outside of school, and our youth centre is based in the heart of the local community.
- We’re committed to working with the young people that others (schools/parents/society) have given up on or can’t work with.
- We to challenge stereotypes and champion young people.
- We want to be their advocate, give them a voice, fight for their rights, and give them opportunities to reach their full potential and be positive and active members of society.