To mark Youth Work Week 2022 (7th-13th November), we launched our No you? No youth work campaign.
We wanted to highlight the centrality of youth work in developing young people to become accomplished, ambitious adults. We contacted individuals – some in the public eye, some not – who credit their success to going to a youth club as a young person. Success, to us, does not necessarily mean celebrity status but thriving in areas of life that you value. The people who took part come from a variety of industries: from football to photography, from fundraising to law. Youth work gave them the confidence to thrive.
In addition to appearing in the images, we asked them about their journey with youth work and how it shaped them into the person they are today.
After years of cuts, then Covid-19, then the cost of living crisis, youth work is running on empty. Young people need opportunities outside school to have fun with their friends, to make a positive change in their communities and to shape the city they live in. Young Londoners can’t afford to lose youth work.
Keep London’s remaining youth clubs open. Keep the ambition alive.