HYPE is a skills program for 16-19 year olds who have an activity agreement to take care of learning again. Through an approach to socio-educational animation, we help young people develop their personal, social and professional skills in order to find them in continuing education, training or employment. Funding is needed for access to this program. For more information, please contact Toni Jackson-Wilde. Activity agreements are open to unemployed 16-19 year olds and need additional support to help them develop their skills in accessing formal education or employment. For more information about our HYPE program, please contact Heather Thomson Senior Community Education Worker on 07917 242621 or e-mail: heather.thomson@westlothian.gov.uk All allow young people to try new things, make friends and find out what interests them. Young people can choose one or more activities; Build participation, as they feel ready. The activity agreement is a 20-week programme of structured activities tailored to a young person`s interests. For more information on the “Activity Agreement” program: Positive Destinations website Young people, combined with training and 1-1 assistance, are expected to make steady progress so that they can maintain their next steps, which could be jobs; University Apprenticeship or a national training program. An activity agreement between a youth and a counsellor is an agreement whereby the youth will participate in an apprenticeship and activity program to help them prepare for formal learning or employment. An activity agreement is an individual set of activities and learning that builds on the needs and interests of young people. It could be a series of activities – music, art, sport, outdoor activities – and can be flexible on the suggestions of young people. The goal is for a young person to be more confident at the end of a program and to feel ready to move on to the next transition to continuing education or employment.

By signing an agreement, the youth agreed to participate in a number of activities (designed to help them move to a job, general or vocational training) in exchange for an allowance. The agreements were tested in eight areas between April 2006 and March 2008. An activity agreement is an agreement between a young person and their “primary interlocutor” for the young person to participate in an apprenticeship and activity program that must be planned and implemented in order to help the young person prepare for formal learning or employment.