This is a six-week youth entrepreneur development programme to help 17 year-olds affected by adult anger, (such as witnessing or experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse or adversity at school), to discover their strengths, develop their confidence, and start their own business.


Many 17-year-olds don't quite fit the mould of traditional education and struggle to get into employment. These young people often languish in life as they are not provided with an alternative to employment or education, and enter adult life languishing. It is essential that they are provided with the opportunity to help them to flourish and thrive as adults and this can be achieved through receiving a taste of entrepreneurship.  Some young people are visionaries and innovative, with a potential business idea that they'd like to implement, but have no idea, or support on how to set up a business.



10 seventeen year-olds in South Norfolk, with their own mentor and place them on our Springboard to Success programme 


We believe that every young 17 year-old has a signature strength that they can utilise to contribute to society 


At the end of the project, candidates would have succeeded in a developing meaningful life for themselves

The Just 17 project is new – however, part of the programme consists of an existing Positive Anger Coaching programme that helps individuals learn how to develop hope, manage anger, cultivate resilience, and communicate assertively.

Not only will these young people benefit from the project, but also the wider community. Because these young entrepreneurs will create businesses that may employ other people.

The Journey

Our Founder and CDO, Tanya, and her husband John, during their 27-year marriage, have had many 17 year-olds either live with them in a time of need or gravitated towards them for nurturing and support.

When the pair were just teenagers themselves, who had both run away together to Mallorca at 17 and 18 respectfully, had a dream that one day they would help young people to flourish and thrive in life.

Tanya began working professionally with young people soon after they were married and has implemented numerous projects that have supported hundreds of young people. 

It was during the pandemic when Tanya started to receive more enquiries for help, from a number of parents with 17-year-old children. Inspired by her own personal history, and her passion to help young people become their best selves – Tanya has set up this new project, just for 17-year-olds.