Columba 1400 is a charity and social enterprise based in Scotland. The purpose of the organisation is to help young people discover their potential either by working directly with them or by working with the key adults in the lives. Their Leadership Academies have been described by our graduates as an “inward bound” experience offering an opportunity to reflect on themselves and learn from others. For the over 10,000 young people and key adults who have participated in our Leadership Academies since 2000, Columba 1400 has provided a turning point in their lives.
Columba 1400 adopts an elicitation approach to everything we do and believe our intensive work with young people, and the key adults in their lives, helps them develop key skills which they will use for the rest of their lives. Its work is highly intensive and our Columban approach is centred around values-based leadership which participants develop throughout through a series of experiential sessions focused on the 6 core Columban values and what these mean to each individual. Our values of Awareness, Focus, Creativity, Integrity, Perseverance and Service underpin all our Leadership Academies and provide a framework within which young people can embark on their own journey of personal transformation.
University of Glasgow’s Training and Employment Research Unit previously undertook evaluation of Columba 1400’s activities and the subsequent report showed a significant change in young people’s qualities and attributes following their participation in a Columba 1400 Leadership Academy. The evaluation showed 90% of young people taking part in the survey rated their confidence as high or very high after completing Columba 1400 (vs 22% before) and 91% said that their aspirations for their life were high or very high after taking part (Vs 39% before).