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Providing opportunity for young people to tackle the world’s biggest challenges

Advancing social mobility through innovation

SpringboardYoung people from all backgrounds deserve the chance to succeed. Our Springboard programme brings together young people who may not have the networks to access work experience to work in teams, mentored by PA’s experts. Together, they devise ingenious, technology-led solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Launched in the UK, Springboard has now gone global and will be delivering a series of virtual workshops to students across the US in summer 2020. Next year, we plan to welcome students back into our London HQ and expand our reach further across our international network of offices.

Springboard 2020: A virtual programme

In July and August 2020, we will hold a six-week virtual programme for students from disadvantaged high schools across the US for them to ‘springboard’ their career interests, participate in problem solving exercises and learn to pitch a business case.

Participants will work closely with PA people to find innovative ways to speed progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 17 global targets to promote peace and prosperity while protecting our environment.

Our US participating partners

Heart of Los Angeles

Heart of Los AngelesHeart of Los Angeles (HOLA) provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics.

Breakthrough New York

Breakthrough New YorkOur goal is to create leaders who break the cycle of poverty in their families and effect positive change in their communities.

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls HopeOur mission is to nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.

Northglenn High School

Northglenn HSWith problem-based learning, Northglenn's STEM students are tasked with real-world problems to tackle through a transdisciplinary lens.

Springboard 2019: Progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In summer 2019, 27 young people from Career Ready and the Social Mobility Foundation spent the week at our London headquarters, developing ideas to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over five days, they worked in groups to apply their ingenuity to one of the SDGs while completing a series of skills workshops on problem-solving, presenting and how to build a business case. At the end of the week, the teams presented their technology-led solutions to our management team and a range of representatives from across government and industry.

Meanwhile, in the United States, we partnered with Boston-based charity BUILD, which supports young people from under-resourced communities by building entrepreneurship skills. Working together, the participants devised innovative, technology-led solutions to SDG #3 ‘Good Health’ and SDG 6 ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ while completing skills workshops.

“At PA, we believe in bringing ingenuity to life. And we need to engage the next generation of innovators, technologists and industry leaders in tackling some of the country’s biggest social and business challenges to build a positive human future.”
Alan Middleton, PA CEO

Our UK charity partners

Career Ready

Career ReadyCareer Ready is a UK-wide charity linking employers to schools and colleges to provide access to the world of work.

Social Mobility Foundation

Social Mobility FoundationThe SMF is a national charity providing opportunities to young people from low-income backgrounds.

Springboard 2018: A better city for all

Our 2018 inaugural programme challenged 25 participants to devise technology-led solutions to London’s problems, including tackling air pollution and digital exclusion. Some solutions included:

  • An air pollution sensor and monitoring device in your phone

  • A tablet designed for older persons to connect with their communities 

The programme was Highly Commended at the 2018 UK Social Mobility Awards.

Contact us

To find out more about Springboard, get in touch with one of our experts today.


Ken Toombs

Head of U.S. Consulting

Ian Matthias

PA education expert

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