Youth Empowerment

Babbasa is an award-winning enterprise, founded in 2013 to address persistently high levels of BAME youth unemployment, low educational attainment and declining aspirations in Bristol’s inner-city.

Our vision is to create a world where all young people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Our name ‘Babbasa’ comes from an African dialect, and means ‘ordinary citizens coming together to act as a support bridge for those in need’.

We nurture the talent and strengths of young people (aged 16-25) through culturally-appropriate support that develops confidence and enables young people to identify career options, build workplace skills and networks, and access opportunities to get into work, education or enterprise.

Our evaluations have shown that 43% of young people accessing Babbasa programmes move into volunteering or work placements, 21% into paid work, 15% into further education and 7% start their own business. 91% feel more capable and confident about their career as a result of our interventions.

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