- Click here to read The Centre For Youth Impact – Y’s Girls Evaluation Final Report
- Click here to read the Key Findings document which draws together the key findings from the Y’s Girls evaluation, undertaken between July 2021 and October 2022.
What Is Y’s Girls?
The Y’s Girls programme was designed to adapt and replicate the successful Plusone Mentoring programme, created by YMCA Scotland, across the UK, for a new audience of young girls.
Y’s Girls is a YMCA mentoring programme specifically developed to increase the resilience and improve outcomes for young women and girls at risk of developing mental health issues.
Building from the basis of the identified need for an early intervention programme to increase the protective factors of vulnerable young people, Y’s Girls’ objective is to become an effective public health approach to improve the mental health of participants. Supporting young women and girls to progress into positive activities, while improving relationships with parents/carers, schools, and their communities.
With funding from the Tampon Tax Fund, Garfield Weston, and the Penny Appeal, the Y’s Girls programme targeted girls and young women aged 9-14 years and sought to establish 250 mentoring relationships across 10 YMCAs in all four countries of the UK. In total 270 mentoring matches were achieved
The pilot phase of Y’s Girls took place between April 2020 to September 2022 and has proven to be an effective intervention in promoting positive mental health with the young women girls engaged with the project.
The final external evaluation, conducted by the Centre for Youth Impact, found that Y’s Girls positively affects six social and emotional learning skills that are indicative of better short and long-term mental health, and that it is a young person centred and inclusive programme, with a clear relationship between quality and impact.
The evaluation was led by the Centre for Youth Impact at YMCA George Williams College, in partnership with QTurn. The evaluation focused on both process and outcomes, and answered research questions on implementation, quality and impact.