Objective

Use the inspirational Clipper Race platform to engage the community of Hull to build greater local pride and motivate disadvantaged young residents to develop learning and employment opportunities.

Activation

The ONE HULL project recruited 100 young people from the city's NEET (not in education employment or training) population, offering them support and guidance into education, employment and training.

The young people were encouraged to take part in a selection event to join a six week alternative learning programme consisting of shore-based activities, combined with an extreme sailing challenge with the Hull based youth development sailing charity CatZero.

Fourteen people were then selected to compete as a tag team, with each member competing in their own leg of the Clipper 09-10 Race on board the Hull and Humber yacht entry.

Outcome

After participating in the Clipper Race, all ten young people are now in full time training or employment. Chosen career paths included the police, the navy, University, and working abroad.

Further international cities wish to replicate the ONE HULL Young Ambassador model.

The ONE HULL Young Ambassadors scheme saved over £1 million from the Hull City Council social care budget by building self-confidence, raising self-esteem and motivating young people.

Using the Clipper Race and ONE HULL Young Ambassador platform, a series of activities for school children in the wider community were created.

Over 80 local businesses from the region pledged their support to the programme.