Jon Egging Trust (JET) has been awarded almost £80,000 to develop its work in 4 of its 7 regions.
The funding, which will be spread over a year, will be used to help more young people on the Trust’s Blue Skies and Inspirational Outreach programmes in Hampshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Wales.
JETs ethos is to work with inspirational individuals and environments connected to aviation, science and engineering, to raise aspirations and confidence in young people, and to develop their team and leadership skills.
Since many of the Trust’s partners are military, both of JETs programmes connect well with the funding aim of helping integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK.
Blue Skies is an intensive programme consisting of 10-12 sessions, and concentrates on young people who face significant barriers to reaching their full potential.
It has been shown to increase their confidence and communication ability by over 90%, as well as improving their resilience and attitude to learning. 228 young people graduated from Blue Skies in the last academic year.
Inspirational Outreach was launched in 2014 to reach more young people by offering bespoke support packages to schools based on their needs. Sessions include talks, assemblies, lessons and visits that connect young people to inspirational mentors such as the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, injured service personnel and veterans, as well as individuals connected to STEM. Around 10,000 young people have participated in sessions since the launch.
The Jon Egging Trust was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging (Red 4) who tragically lost his life on 20th August 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.
Dr Emma Egging, CEO of JET, said: “The Jon Egging Trust gives young people a vital sense of possibility and purpose, helping them to grow in confidence and self-esteem.
“Everyone deserves the chance to be the best they can be, and we want to give that opportunity to as many as possible.
“We are so grateful for this grant from the Armed Forces Covenant fund, as it will not only help us to forge even stronger links between military and civilian communities, but also fulfill our aim of helping 10,000 young people a year by 2020”