In April 2022, the Centre for Youth Impact merged with YMCA George Williams College. The merger brings together the Centre’s work to progress thinking and practice in impact measurement in youth work and provision for young people with the College’s rich history of supporting high quality relational practice with young people and communities. The combined charity works across the UK, including locality working via dedicated regional networks across England. Although still developing the strategy for the newly combined charity, the two organisations have long shared a vision for all young people to have access to high quality provision and services that improve their life chances, and which enable them to achieve their potential in mind, body, and spirit. We believe that embedding more meaningful approaches to evaluation, quality improvement and impact measurement at the heart of resilient, learning organisations is key to achieving this vision.
The Centre for Youth Impact was established as a partnership initiative in 2014 and became an independent charity in 2018 before merging with the College in 2022. The College has a fifty-year legacy of providing teaching and learning to post-graduate level for all those working with and for young people in communities. We are funded by a range of supporters, including the National Lottery Community Fund, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Our fourteen-strong team works across the country on a varied portfolio of evaluations, capacity building and learning partner roles, and with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.