Acknowledging Youths (AY) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which delivers training courses and access to internships and work experience for young people. It also connects young people to mentors, coaches and trainers to help them explore and pursue their career goals, and runs a separate recruitment agency, AY Recruitment.
Unlike most training providers, young people are at the heart of AY CIC; the organisation has a Youth Board intended to open dialogue among young people, involve them in their communities and exchange ideas. The Company Board is obliged to listen to the Youth Board and consider how its ideas can be put into action.
Since 2012, AY has helped over 2,000 people and been contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions for several schemes in Inner London.