IntoUniversity works with schools throughout South Leeds to offer educational opportunities from their base at Hillside in Beeston.
This year IntoUniversity are celebrating 15 years of transforming young people’ lives. Their journey had a humble start, from a single after-school scheme in 2002 they have grown to operate a national network of 22 learning centres in areas of significant need, with plans to expand its reach to Liverpool and Clacton-on-Sea later this year.
During this time IntoUniversity has developed a unique home-from-home learning environment, harnessing a multi-strand programme of academic and pastoral support that unveils a wealth of possibilities to students aged seven through to adulthood. Wholeheartedly committed to transforming the lives of young people, IntoUniversity reached over 25,000 students across the country in the 2015-16 academic year, with 80% of their Year 13 students going on to Higher Education.
Amid gentle debate of how best to promote the continued success of IntoUniversity’s mission, staff arrived at the decision to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Tackling Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, IntoUniversity staff and supporters will ‘unite by hike’ on 24 June 2017 in the hope of raising vital funds to support the running of five learning centres in the Leeds and Nottingham region.
A team of 37 participants aim to complete the 24-mile route, including a 5,200ft ascent, in under 12 hours! Check out their training blog at: ytpchallenge.wordpress.com.
Please do also visit their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page, where you can sponsor the team taking on this epic challenge: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TooInspiredToBeTired10.
IntoUniversity has also been selected for a BBC Lifeline television appeal which will air on BBC One this Sunday (18 June 2017) at 4:30pm. The film is presented by Tom Hollander and features interviews with young people and families who have benefitted from the IntoUniversity programme.