As our name suggests, we are ambitious and always striving to do more.
So why is there a need for Ambitious College? Young people with autism are leaving school without a future path and need our help to change their lives. Further education is essential to enabling them to transition successfully to adulthood. Without this their prospects can be bleak:
- Less than one in four young people with autism access education beyond school
- Only 15% of adults with autism are in full-time work
- 90% of adults with autism depend on their families or on full-time residential care
There is currently a significant lack of provision that can meet the needs of these young people. We are striving to change this.
Last September we opened Ambitious College. It is London’s only registered day college for young people with autism. It is unique as it is co-located with a general Further Education College at Barnet and Southgate College. This enables our students to access a wide range of courses and experiences that meets their interests, like other young people their age.
It is a vital first step. But Ambitious College is currently in a temporary location and can only accommodate up to 40 students. We need to raise £4.4 million to be able to open Ambitious College in permanent locations at two different college campuses in North London and West London by September 2016. This will enable us to provide places to support up to 170 students with autism to develop the skills they need to live more independently and play an active role in their communities. Once Ambitious College is established, students will be funded through Government fees.
So far, we have raised £2.4 million to date towards this goal but still have a long way to go.
How you can help and get involved:
To help raise the money required, we are looking for support from:
- Philanthropists and individuals who can help us
- Trusts and foundations
- Corporate partners and in kind support
We are also looking for individuals to join our Appeal Board to help support our Appeal and ‘open doors’ to new supporters.
There are a variety of opportunities in recognition of donors' support and commitment to the Ambitious College appeal, ranging from naming and branding opportunities in the college to being included in national publicity and policy campaigns.
Together, we can give young people with autism a fulfilling life and the future they deserve.
"We are delighted to provide the lead gift for this exciting and innovative project which will improve the opportunities for young people with autism to fulfil their true potential."
Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair, Pears Foundation
For more information about the Ambitious College Appeal, please contact Danae Leaman-Hill, Director of Fundraising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ways to support Ambitious about Autism
If you'd like to find out about other ways to support Ambitious about Autism's work with children and young people with autism, please visit our website.