Youth programmes are run on the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) platform with many different levels of support.

The SAYes TIL platform is suitable for SAYes and SAYes affiliated programmes serving young people between 14 and 25 years old.

SAYes programmes rely on mentoring to improve impact.

Whatever the intervention, we know impact is vastly improved when delivered in the context of a supportive relationship.

All SAYes and SAYes affiliated programmes are run on the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) platform managed by SAYes.

TIL relies on mentorship along with cross-sector collaboration, digital infrastructure, and nested support to optimise meaningful transitions. 

The TIL platform includes;

  • Recruitment and screening of volunteer mentors including local and international police clearance and background checks.
  • Volunteer fit evaluation based on a comprehensive online application and interview.
  • Transition mentorship training (for both mentors and mentees) focused on mentoring and strategic planning for personal transition.
  • Youth population training focused on working with different groups of young people in context.
  • Placement on a SAYes or SAYes affiliated programme designed to support a specific youth population by providing evidence-based curricula and/or services.
  • Facilitated mentor-mentee matching using credible psychometric tools.
  • Transition mentoring face-to-face with a young person for 1 hour per week for 9 months.
  • Online transition tools, software and resources to support transition planning.
  • Business partners providing mentored youth with career opportunities and resources (products or services).
  • Non-profit partners providing mentored youth with access to additional programmes and services.
  • Drop-in sessions in a particular field or area.
  • Programme support specialists providing monitoring, transition and social work services to each mentor-mentee match.

Improving social impact, tractably, sustainably and at scale.

SAYes Group Care Programmes 

SAYes Group Care programmes are focused on preparing young people currently living in or recently exited from Child and Youth Care Centres (Children’s Homes) for independent living. These young people have all been legally placed in care for their own safety and protection. However at the age of 18 government support stops and they are required to leave the homes. There is very little support for their transition to independent living. SAYes bridges the gap through our Group Care programmes. We have been providing mentoring and programme support for care-experienced young people for more than 8 years.

TIL Care is for young people (14 – 17 years old) currently living in residential care.

TIL Care is the most popular programme at SAYes and accounts for 70% of our matches. Young people living in residential care are supported through weekly mentoring sessions which take place both on and off site. Mentors are matched with a mentee at a home in their area. Workshop content is focused on planning and preparation for life outside the home, as well as building informed choices and implementing healthy practices. Resource partners provide exposure/enrichment opportunities such as job shadowing, access to sports and recreation clubs, tutorial support and outings.

TIL Special Needs is for care-experienced young people who are neurologically atypical (14 – 25 years old).

TIL Special Needs has the smallest number of mentees at SAYes and a very special group of mentors.  Young people with special needs who are living in care and/or the community are supported through weekly mentoring sessions which take place both on and off site. Workshop content provided by SAYes is delivered one-on-one by the mentor, and is focused on practical steps toward improving independence and well-being. Specialized resource partners provide the full range of support, including resources, exposure/enrichment opportunities, employment and training.

TIL Community is for care experienced young people (15 – 17 years old) who are living in the community as minors.

The young people in TIL Community are living back in the community, often with the families they were initially removed from. Mentors sometimes find this more challenging because the conditions in which the young people live are quite different from life in the children’s home. Weekly mentoring sessions take place at an agreed meeting point with a travel allowance for mentees, provided by SAYes. Workshop content is focused on making informed choices and keeping to healthy practices in community-relevant settings. Business partners provide resource support (e.g., textbooks, clothing) as well as exposure/enrichment opportunities such as job shadowing, access to sports and recreation clubs, tutorial support and outings.

TIL Independents is for care-experienced young people (18 – 25 years old) who are living in the community as adults.

TIL Independents is an increasingly popular programme at SAYes as the number of SAYes mentees who have aged out of the care system increases. The first few years outside the home are known to be the most vulnerable, especially as state support stops at this age. Weekly mentoring sessions take place at an agreed meeting point with a travel allowance for mentees, provided by SAYes. In addition to workshop content focused on improving independence and well-being, customised workshops are offered to independents throughout the year (typically weekly evening classes). Resource partners provide the full range of support, including resources, exposure/enrichment opportunities, employment and training.

SAYes Affiliated Programmes 

SAYes affiliated programmes work with other groups of vulnerable young people, providing evidence-based curricula and/or services. SAYes manages all TIL platform services for these programmes, while the programme curricula and/or services are provided by the non-profit partner.

Kidzpositive on TIL is our first SAYes affiliated programme using the TIL platform.

The focus of this intervention is on long-term successful adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for young people aging out of the youth-focused health services. Weekly mentoring sessions happen at an agreed meeting place near the mentor, with a travel allowance for mentees, provided by SAYes.