Skip Content

Make it!

Cultivating critical thought

Mentoring, group work and activity trips to help unleash the potential of young people living in Tower Hamlets.

Make It!

Make it!, Toynbee Hall's flagship youth project, is an in-school project for 12-13 year olds combining intensive one-to-one mentoring with group work sessions and an experiential learning project. Run over a eight month period alongside the academic year, Make it! increases young people's confidence and communication skills helping them to combat social isolation and increase their engagement with school. 

Each young person receives 84 hours of direct support, including 16 hours of one-to-one mentoring.

To see what we got up to this year, have a look at our promotional video and follow us on Instagram.


Why are we doing this?

39% of children in Tower Hamlets are living in poverty*. Poverty impacts wellbeing and academic achievement; teenage wellbeing is a significant predictor of GCSE achievement.

We want young people to achieve their potential and escape the cycle of poverty by increasing their skills, confidence and sense of identity so that they can better engage with school and build positive relationships with their peers and families. We work with the most excluded young people, including those that may be more susceptible to the influence of others who are part of extreme religious and social groups or gangs. 

Make it! prepares young people to make the most of their futures, both emotionally and academically.

What Make it! involves

We partner students with a mentor to build up a positive relationship, providing a safe space for an exploration of self-awareness, social relationships and behaviour. We also host group working sessions enabling the young people to develop coping strategies, build relationships with their peers and apply their learning from the mentoring sessions.

This year, we ended Make it! with a five-day residential trip to Lambourne End Outdoor Centre. This experience provides the young people with an opportunity to escape the hectic atmosphere of the City and explore the calmness of the countryside. The trip helped the young people form stronger bonds with one another and to discover new interests and passions that they may not have had the opportunity to in Tower Hamlets.  Jamie's Farm

For more information about Make it! please read the 2016/17 brochure


Make it! evaluation shows:

  • Increased self-awareness, confidence and social and emotional wellbeing
  • Improved school engagement, social relationships and group working skills

Read Haleema's story to find out how Make it! transformed her life by supporting her to develop positive friendships with her peers and focus on the positive experiences in her life.


*Department for Communities and Local Government, English Indices of Deprivation 2015