10 September 2018
On Monday 10th September, we launched our latest report, “A Space of Our Own” – The role and value of youth organisations in strengthening communities. The report demonstrates the value that youth organisations provide, not just for young people, but also for their wider communities as well. We make a clear case for the positive and powerful role that youth organisations play in strengthening London’s communities, demonstrating the key ways they do this and reflecting on ways that these organisations could be better supported.
Our report is based on interviews with young people and 10 of our member youth organisations. Much of this research was conducted by our peer researchers, a team of young people who we trained and supported to interview their peers about the things that matter to them.
From these conversations with youth professionals and young people about what youth organisations are already doing well, we identified Principles for Good Practice. The four principles are:
Principle 1: Bring people together on equal terms
Principle 2: Celebrate young people’s cultural identity
Principle 3: Give young people ownership
Principle 4: Build the foundations for community involvement
These principles underpin how youth organisations are working with young people to help them feel a part of their community and to bring different parts of the community together. We wanted to bring these principles together in one place so that our member youth organisations could recognise the things they are already doing well and could consider those areas where existing practice could be extended or reflected on.
We hope this will be a hopeful guide to youth organisations to see their role in strengthening communities.