The Young Lives Foundation is an independent charity based in Kent, established in 2007. The organisation was set up to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.
The charity aims to support young people through times of difficulty and distress, enabling them to be heard and helping them to achieve their potential. Among the groups they support are looked after children and those leaving care, children who are on the edge of care or who are in need, young offenders or those who are at risk of offending, young people who are not in employment, education or training (often referred to as NEET) or those who are disengaged in education, families in need of support, young parents, vulnerable adults, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and children who have been adopted.
Young Lives inaugurated a mentoring and befriending pilot programme in Folkestone in 2015, with referrals coming from a variety of stakeholders, including schools and social services. Under this scheme, trained mentors motivate and guide young people who may be struggling in family relationships, school or siblings and who are can benefit most from external help and support. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust provided support for the programme as part of its commitment to helping young people in need.