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Our impact in 2023

It's been 10 years since the first Arts Emergency pilot, and our 2023 Impact Report illustrates how vital and transformative our work empowering under-resourced young people still is.

Since its formation, Arts Emergency has supported over 2,000 young people
with mentoring, coaching, resources, travel bursaries, work experience placements and traineeships - we’ve opened doors that might have remained closed otherwise. As a result, these young talents have found themselves better equipped, more self-assured, and supported in their journey towards a creative future they are passionate about.

My mentor has been a massive support to me not just with my work but my confidence and also, I would say overall mental health.
2023 Mentee
A room of young people sat at tables with older people chatting and filling in a form
Arts Emergency Mentoring Celebration Event at The Place, 2023. Mentor Georgia with Mentee Christelle. Photo by Rob Greig

Headline stats from 2023 include:

  • 225 mentees were matched with hand-picked and trained mentors in their dream industry

  • 83% of mentees met two or more eligibility criteria

  • 92% of mentees feel more confident in articulating their interests and skills

  • We piloted 2 rounds of a 10-week coaching programme for 55 18-25 year olds

  • 100% of coachees said they would recommend the programme to others

The impact of Arts Emergency is undeniable and life-changing. So, as you look through this report, filled with first-hand accounts from our young people, we hope you’ll share in our pride. Together, we’re part of something remarkable, ensuring our small but mighty organisation continues to thrive.