Recognition and awards Local National 2011 Awarded ‘Community Builder of the Year’ award by the Leicestershire and Community Foundation. 2012 Won Leicester College award for outstanding Leicestershire learning provider. Won a national ‘Centre for Social Justice’ (CSJ) award for ‘Reducing Poverty by combating educational failure’. Visited by the Prime Minister as a model of best practice. 2013 Awarded the ‘Leicestershire Police Chief Superintendent’s Certificate’ for outstanding work ‘helping deliver effective savings whilst reducing Antisocial behaviour in communities.’ Subject of a ‘Social Return on Investment’ evaluation by Leicestershire County Council, who found that every £1 invested in TwentyTwenty yielded a social return of £5.02. Recruited by the CSJ to help research and write their acclaimed ‘Journey to Work’ report advising political parties on strategies to tackle economic dependency and worklessness. Profiled as part of a TV campaign by 'Children in Need' who fund the aspect of our support work that especially targets vulnerable teenage girls/young mothers 2014 Won a three year £450k commission from the Leicestershire PCC to expand our mentoring service to all areas of the city and county Became charity of the year for New Look East Midlands Highly commended runners up in the Charity Times ‘UK Small Charity of the Year’ awards. Called to give expert evidence at three government roundtables on reducing youth exclusion and improving youth employment 2015 Became Partner charity of the Year for KPMG (East Midlands) and Marks and Spencers Won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Won the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s UK Charity of the Year Award, and their UK outstanding impact award Shortlisted for two prestigious national ‘Children and Young People Now’ awards. Chosen by venture philanthropists Impetus-Pef to participate in their one year ‘Focus’ phase. 2016 Invited to a private meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron to advise on the government’s ‘Life chances’ agenda. Awarded ‘Portfolio Charity’ status by Impetus-PEF, winning multi-year support to develop scale and impact through their ‘Build’ phase.