Why become a partner?
Partnerships are the cornerstone of our work which we build with a wide range of individuals, schools, colleges, universities, corporates and other organisations. Fully reciprocal, many of our partnerships have lasted over a decade. They are fundamental to KORI realising its vision as no individual organisation can provide all that is needed to inspire, support and advance a young person effectively.
We provide access to a network of BAME young people aged 14-30 years old that our partners support, with this support changing and growing alongside the needs we aim to meet. Our partners enjoy the rewards and satisfaction of providing a range of opportunities that enable young people to access invaluable personal and professional development.
If you would like us to create, lead or deliver a project for young people or support your leadership teams in schools, youth organisations, universities or corporate settings, please get in touch.
KORI works with universities to offer their students unique opportunities for personal and professional development. An example is our work with The University of West England and the Daughters of Africa Foundation, where we have formed a 3-way partnership, creating ‘The Daigo Project’ focused on the development of education and skills in Africa. So far 44 UWE students, undergraduates and post graduates have been trained to create and deliver relevant projects that have benefitted over 700 participants in The Gambia. We have also supported their students in a range of other ways referring them to self development projects and connecting them with our industry mentors.
We have worked closely with Embercombe for many years, referring young people to their Catalyst programme. Through our close relationship with our young people, we are able to determine who needed the intense personal development that the programme offers. Take Joanne, for example. She worked as a volunteer in KORI for three years, but as a young mother she lacked the time to pay attention to the emotional turbulence that affected her relationships with those around her. She was reluctant at first to attend the Catalyst programme, but the five-day focus on her own needs, away from the bustle of the city, was illuminating and enabled her to identify her need for counselling to fully move forward.
Lifebeat’s summer programme is another of our long-term partnerships, enabling us every year to refer a small group of young people to experience seven days of therapeutic nurture. They build new friendships, enjoy creative activities, gain leadership opportunities and benefit from personal development support. Many of our young people have maintained a relationship with Lifebeat, continuing to attend and even becoming part of the leadership and support activities it delivers.
As part of our partnership with Haringey council, Muhammed was referred to us to gain work experience at KORI when he was 16 years old. A Somalian who is passionate about the needs of his community, he shared his passion during his work experience and gained new insights into measuring, evaluating, engaging and empowering communities around their own needs. Whilst in college, Muhammed went on to volunteer directly with a Somalian organisation and applied to study international affairs at university. He remains determined to create positive change for disadvantaged communities around the world.