Established in 2012, Futureworks NY has been a beacon of empowerment in the Scarborough community, dedicated to nurturing potential and fostering growth. With a steadfast commitment to compassion and integrity, Futureworks NY endeavours to enhance the quality of life for individuals from 14 years upwards.

This article shines a spotlight on our esteemed partners at Futureworks NY, whose transformative work has been amplified through the utilisation of Signal since 2022. Central to this success story is the active involvement of young people, who have played a pivotal role in tailoring a Signal version to meet young people's unique needs, resulting in remarkable outcomes.

Meet David Selby, the Young Person's Keyworker at Futureworks NY, and a true champion of positive change! David's unwavering dedication extends from providing tailored support in Functional Maths and English to integrating Signal seamlessly into various educational programs, including one-to-one sessions, group workshops, and visits. Through his efforts, David not only advocates for mental health support but also empowers young individuals to harness the full potential of Signal in their educational journey.

One compelling example of Signal's impact lies in its use among young people aged 11 to 16 at Futureworks NY. These individuals, often grappling with vulnerability and social isolation, find solace and support in the personalised approach offered by Futureworks. From building trust to fostering engagement, Signal has emerged as vital in addressing their diverse needs to bespoke personal and educational support for young learners.

David’s review of Signal dashboard analytics revealed a concerning trend—many young participants showed a red indicator in their Interest in Politics. Responding with statements like, "I don't know anything about politics, and I'm not interested in voting when I'm old enough," it was evident that politics wasn’t on their radar. However, David saw an opportunity for engagement. He proposed an additional session focused on politics, expecting a lukewarm response. To his surprise, the young people eagerly embraced the idea, showing full attendance. David’s engaging approach led them on a journey through the suffragette movement, culminating in a visit to the Beamish Museum. This experience sparked a newfound enthusiasm and understanding of politics among the group. David anticipates a positive shift in their Lifemap indicators, reflecting their newfound interest and engagement.

Another compelling example of Signal’s impact is Futureworks NY's initiative to address significant financial literacy gaps among young people. Recognizing the importance of equipping them with essential life skills for adulthood, Futureworks NY has launched targeted sessions focused on financial preparedness. These sessions delve into crucial aspects such as budgeting and saving, aiming to empower young individuals to navigate their financial futures with confidence and competence. By bridging these gaps, Futureworks NY not only enhances the current quality of life but also lays a strong foundation for future financial well-being.

The impact of Signal is best captured through the voices of the young people themselves:

- "By doing it, I have been able to identify areas where I might need support."

- "It can help show you where your life is going well."

- "Seeing all the Greens showed me things aren't too bad."

- "It was really useful and left me feeling good."

These heartfelt testimonials underscore the transformative power of Signal, guiding young individuals towards positive change and self-discovery.

In addition to its invaluable role in personalised support, Signal also offers strategic benefits for organisations like Futureworks NY. Signal Analytics auto collates Lifemap, journey, and progress for all with narrative to produce dashboard ‘meaningful data’ to support service design and to measure and evidence impact. Signal catalyses sustainability and growth, offering a compelling case for potential funders and donors.

As we reflect on the journey of empowerment and transformation with Futureworks NY, one thing is clear—Signal isn't just a tool; it's a beacon of hope, guiding us towards a brighter future, one Lifemap at a time.

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