|About||CatZero is a unique, not-for-profit organisation which has expert staff delivering projects to equip people with the skills, belief and attitude to move on|
It was inspired by the positive impact of the participation of 10 young people in the 2007/8 Clipper round the world yacht race on board the Hull and Humber vessel. Each of these young people lived in Hull and were not in employment, education or training (NEETs). Working alongside local and national business people, including experienced sailors and those who, like themselves had never boarded a boat before, the young people impressed those around them so much, they decided to do something in order to offer this opportunity to more young people.
Six years later, CatZero continues to work with the most hard to reach young people through the delivery of innovative youth development training programmes that allow participants to self-assess their needs and set their own targets in order to improve their lives. The programmes take young people outside their comfort zone to complete a number of tasks. These include training sessions, introduction to employment and education opportunities, links to local community groups, all leading to a sailing challenge on board a 72ft challenge-racing yacht as a full crew member. This enables each young person to demonstrate their ability to work alongside local business and community leaders as equals.
CatZero see being NEET as just a title given to young people and it is often an indicator of other underlying issues, or as CatZero likes to call them, challenges.
The programmes CatZero offer are a balance between challenge and support. CatZero challenges people through personal action plans, challenging activities and personal goal setting which enables them to understand where they currently are, plan where they would like to be and then support them, through a process of positive activities and training, to put steps in place to achieve their own goals and improve their lives.
CatZero’s success is undoubtedly based on the development of its innovative approach to working with young people and the underlying principles of id