04 November 2015
Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) is a London Youth club in Camden, which supports local young people create positive change in their communities. Youth workers at FYA support disadvantaged young people in developing projects which address the issues that they care about, such as community cohesion, healthy living, conflict, drugs and much more.
Last summer the club received a generous grant of £3,000 from CVC Capital Partners, negotiated by London Youth, which they used to empower young people develop social action projects including a community street festival and community dinner!
The Fitzrovia Street festival was planned by a steering group of young people who spent 12 weeks organising every detail of the festival. A further 40 young people volunteered on the day as event stewards. Despite the September rain, over 300 members of the local community came out to celebrate! The afternoon was filled with performances from young people and local groups in Camden including B-Better Dance and FYA’s very own dance group. The festival also featured bouncy castles, face painting, magicians and delicious local food.
The festival was a terrific success in bringing together the local community and helped older people view the young people in a positive light. In addition, young people in the steering group received AQA qualifications in event planning and public speaking. Two lucky members of the steering group also received a Jack Petchey Award for the amazing contribution they made as part of their work on the steering group.
Through the power of good youth work, young people at Fitzrovia Youth in Action were able to increase their employability skills whilst also making a positive contribution to their community!
Andre Schott, FYA’s founding Director, said ‘It was great to see so many young people involved as stewards and working hard to deliver all aspects of the event, from setting up to serving food and performing on stage. Feedback from local residents has shown that the event has helped to create a more positive image of young people’’.