Inspiring Minds

Inspiring Minds (formerly known as York Children’s University) aims to inspire disadvantaged children, aged 7 – 11, by linking real life and learning.

We focus on York’s most deprived communities and work closely with local primary schools, many of whom have higher numbers of children on free school meals. We want to inspire children and raise their aspirations for the future.

Activities provided by local employers have been shown to boost confidence, develop creativity and foster a love of learning by bringing the world of work to life.

Through this programme, you can give children an insight into your business, offering unique ‘real-life’ learning activities and acting as a valuable role model to increase their aspirations. Our programme of activities provides simple ways for employers to get involved and inspire children’s dreams for the future!

Day in the Life: spend time talking to pupils about your role and run a short activity giving them an insight into the industry you work for. We are currently recruiting for volunteers to take part in Day in the Life Week 12 – 16 November,  sign up here

Insight into Industry Sessions: develop a series of exciting and innovative sessions themed around your business area.

Academic Outreach Activities: interactive activities delivered by academic departments from the University of York.

Right to Read: support children with their reading to boost literacy levels. We are currently recruiting for volunteers to support this programme. Click here for more information.

To find out more about one of our recent activities, please see our Space Day case study for more information.



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