We took 10 young people from the Borough of Croydon on a FREE day trip into Hertfordshire's very own, Lee Valley Centre!
Lee Valley is an amazing place that focuses on nature, sport and discovery. They kindly hosted us with a fully funded day full of activities based on outdoor learning & team-building activities.
The reason behind this trip is to put emphasis on life outside of London and outside a city. The hidden speed of London affects our young people in terms of technological advances and the notion of constantly being suffocated by the pressures of a city.
Our young people may have never travelled and have stayed in the same place in Croydon their whole life. Therefore we can't blame them for not knowing any better lifestyles. This trip was done to help young people understand how healthy and happy you can be WITHOUT social media, WITHOUT distractions and all the noise/clutter that comes from the city.
At the end of the trip, we reflected on these lifestyles and the young people all either wished to go again, or fly abroad to see new places (bit farfetched but the ideas are there!).
Thank you very much for all you have taught us, Lee Valley!
We gave 3 young people from Croydon, the opportunity to perform in Off The Cuff, Brixton!
Massive thanks to Junior Open Mic (JOM) for giving our young people the opportunity to perform in front of an audience on stage. They gained experience and confidence within their own musical journeys, which is beneficial to their own personal development.
Through social media coverage and noise on the streets, our music programmes such as 'Rap Club' is gaining traction. Many young people are seeking interest in the opportunities we provide, and we wish to give EVERY young person the chance they deserve.
Music is a popular path amongst our youth in Croydon. We understand and comprehend the cultural implications it has, but I believe understanding music and how the industry works is VERY important, before actually going into it. It can be competitive and harsh if you do not have the prior knowledge, and with such an industry like Music, you can go from 0-100 overnight.
Massive thanks to JOM once again!
Empowering Young Minds was a 3-week extra-curricular workshop based on life skills, career advice and 1-to-1 mentoring to young people based in the Borough of Croydon (opened from 4pm-6pm on weekdays and 11am-5pm on weekends).
Turf Projects (an amazing charity that is a homegrown artist space, open to all creatives) kindly allowed us to utilise their project space to run this pilot, which was perfectly situated in the Whitgift Centre.
We also had a room allocated for 1-to-1 mentoring and music sessions called "The Comfy Room" which was where many of young attendees hung out.
Mixed with board games, group activities, team builders and ice-breakers, the time at EYM was to foster a safe space in such a detrimental, scary area like Croydon & that was fed back to us!
We saw consistent young people attend from numbers of only 3, to near 15 from the wider community and social media coverage.
The main focus was put on the topics: emotional intelligence, knife crime & purpose/goals. Especially after the murder of Elianne, we often related to overcoming death and bereavement.
This pilot showed us that all young people just want a safe space, by 'safe' it means a space to be themselves but with the control of role models and mentors too. It was sad to see how many young people don't have a safe space to go to, especially with school being prominent within a young person's life. With such knowledge, we aim to foster a safe space through community by offering more opportunities to grow and learn about life.
Huge thanks to Turf Projects for the amazing opportunity we had and for their constant support.
Thank you Turf!
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