What we stand for
• Empowered to use their voice and be heard
The Key began life back in the late 70’s when a determined group of North East young people, youth workers and academics developed a model to engage and support young people to build skills. Over time, the model evolved into a programme to provide young people with an opportunity that empowers them to have voice and agency as they choose and lead their own activities. As an organisation, The Key has cleverly evolved and adapted over the years to the ever-changing environment for charities and young people.
Today, hundreds of youth and community organisations utilise our programme. What’s more, we’re continually finding ways to maximise its impact on young people.
We are looking forward to a bright future with ambitions to deepen our impact and inspire belief in more and more young people. Our three-year strategy looks ahead to 2025 and sets out our future focus and strategic priorities as we look to inspire belief in even more young people.
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Every year, young people achieve great things through KEY+.
Here are just a few stories showcasing the impact of our unique programme...