28 January 2019

On 24 January 2019, 19 young people took part in our YouthLeads pitch event. Each group pitched to our panel for their chance to receive £700 funding for projects in their community.

Here’s a round-up of the four projects, each of which successfully received funding.

Oasis Hub Hadley‘s group are going to provides music workshops for young people to produce drill music with positive lyrics. They feel that drill music, although enjoyed by many young people, has gained a negative reputation in the press, and is seen as encouraging violence. As a result, they’ve come up with a project that will work with other local youth clubs and musicians to help produce songs that are inspirational for young people in the community.

The group from Positive Role Models decided to tackle budget cuts that have impacted on youth organisations and the police force. They think that this has linked to a rise in youth violence in recent years. To help with this issue, they want to set up half-term workshops based around basketball and mentoring for young people in years 8 and 9. By ensuring young people in the local community have somewhere to go, they hope to give them the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their community.

Young people from Enfield Carers Centre are looking to raise awareness about what it means to be a young carer. They want to create a zine to help young people understand what issues a young carer may go through, enlisting 15 other young carers to share their personal stories and create illustrations. As they are young carers, they know how hard it is to juggle all that life throws at them, and with 1 in 12 secondary school children being in care they want to raise awareness of the issue.

Finally, the group Chickenshed, an inclusive theatre company, were well aware of how the negative impact of labelling on young people. They are passionate about inclusion, and that all young people should be treated equally and that we need to fight negative stereotypes. With their money they want to run a series of plays that reject these negative labels. They’ll perform both in their theatre as well as in local schools to reach out to young people across the borough.

YouthLeads seeks to boost youth leadership, increase youth participation and encourage a stronger community spirit. The programme is a three year programme supported by Big Lottery Fund, running in Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest.

We should give a special thanks to Alice Ridgway from the Big Lottery Fund, George Rutherford-Jones, and Margarett from our youth advisory board, Dare London for being on our judging panel.

For more information on our YouthLeads programme, please click here.

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