YUSA is a collective of key partners who have come together to form an alliance to support the sustainability of high-quality open access youth provision across Stockton.
We launched our 5 year strategy in September 2023, you can read the detailed document here.
YUSA is an evolving partnership which has advanced and grown since key youth providers across Stockton formed a collaboration in 2016, with significant support from Stockton Borough Council, to ensure that there is targeted and focused interventions to support children and young people within youth settings.
As YUSA has developed in recent times, the Alliance identified that due to the changing landscape of youth work and the plethora of issues that children and young people face in society today, there required a long-term high-level vision and strategy, with all key stakeholders consulted and involved, to ensure that there is a sustainable approach to positively impact on the lives of children and young people so that they can all achieve their ambition, regardless of their backgrounds.
Through a principle of openness, trust and a real appreciation that bringing together all stakeholders to share their knowledge and experience for the overall betterment of children and young people within the Borough, the Alliance has gathered significant momentum and is supported by a wide range of local, sub-regional, regional and national partners at a political, strategic and operational level.
Through high-level thinking and consultation, particularly with children and young people who know what their wants and needs are, the Alliance has created a strategy which will adopt the blueprint for the next five-years to aid the sustained development of high-quality youth provision.
It is critically important to reference that the Alliance has produced this strategy to set out the ambitions of the youth sector within the Borough based on the feedback of all interested parties. This strategy, and the work of the Alliance, is to complement the current and emerging landscape of all provision within the broader eco-system that supports and protects children and young people.