Key 4 Life – Breaking the Cycle

Key 4 Life – Breaking the Cycle of Youth Offending

The BRIT Trust is proud to have worked with Key4Life for over two years now. Key4Life’s mission is to reduce youth offending through an innovative rehabilitation programme for those in prison and those at risk of going to prison.

Currently operating in Dorset, Somerset and London, since the charity’s inception, 45 young men have been through the programme, with a further 34 currently enrolled. 2016 will see an additional 70 participants, expanding to 250 over the next two years.

Upon completing the programme, 70% of the young men leaving prison from their London programme were offered employment and 90% of the young men in Somerset on their pilot ‘At Risk’ programme were offered employment.

It costs £5,000 to put a young person through the Key4Life programme, while it costs the taxpayer £37,000 to keep a young offender in prison for a year. The programme’s current re-offending rate for graduates is 18% (against the national average of 74%).

The BRIT Trust thoroughly supports the innovative and empowering way that Key4Life approaches young people, helping them to change their path through mentoring, work-tasters, and finding and sustaining long-term employment in order to create a new future.

If you haven’t come across their work, check out this powerful video, featuring Sir Bob Geldof, Naughty Boy and Key4Life graduate Fizzy Montana