Being from a disadvantaged background can affect a child’s future aspirations – they often have fewer opportunities and less belief in their own ability.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds also often face additional barriers to opportunity, including a lack of exposure to the world of work.
Among disadvantaged children, girls are even more likely than boys to be restricted in their options for the future.
I Can Be visits take disadvantaged girls to meet professional women in a wide range of workplaces. Our programme aims to broaden children’s horizons and promote high aspirations by giving them a chance to see and learn about different jobs/careers they may otherwise never be exposed to.
Host an I Can Be workplace visit
Host an I Can Be virtual/online visit
Record a short video clip about your job
Girls from inner-city schools undertaking I Can Be visits
Visits to workplaces arranged for disadvantaged children
Volunteers to host a virtual or workplace visit
How can you help?
We rely on generous donations to fund our work.
We aim to broaden horizons and promote high aspirations for disadvantaged children.
We encourage girls to keep their minds and options open for as long as possible by helping them to avoid ruling out certain options at a too early age.
We show children the link between what they learn at school and their own future, adding purpose to their learning.
I Can Be girls visit 10 workplaces during the programme. In 2020 we worked with 20 primary schools and supported 207 girls (53% eligible for Pupil Premium).
I Can Be aims to break down barriers to opportunity for disadvantaged children. Our core programme brings 7–8-year-old girls into the world of work, broadening horizons and raising aspirations by introducing them to inspiring women and helping them discover the breadth of opportunity around them.