Sir Jack Petchey CBE founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society. We support programmes that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex and have invested over £110 million in such schemes.

Our major programme, the Achievement Awards operates in 2,000 grassroots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations. Each young award winner chooses how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of their club or school. That’s £2.8m invested each year!

The Foundation is eager to help young people take advantage of opportunities, develop their full potential and play an active role in society. To do this we support schemes in areas ranging from sport to science. This includes the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, the world’s largest public speaking competition for young people and Step into Dance, the UK’s biggest inclusive dance programme for secondary school pupils.

Our vision is a world where young people have high aspirations; the opportunity to develop their potential and to play a full part in society and be recognised for their achievements. Our mission is to enable young people to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in and promoting activities that increase their development. Our values draw on the vision of Sir Jack Petchey CBE and his saying: “If you think you can, you can!”

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