Fundraising push as inner city youth leaders graduate
Working with the police and youth groups in some of London’s toughest areas, the social justice charity Voyage works to promote youth leadership and reduce inner city conflict and tensions.
Supporting the Ubuntu Police-Youth Roundtable project, developed in partnership by the Tutu Foundation and Youth Futures, it has already helped improve relations between the police and groups of young people.
The project, funded by the John Cass Foundation and the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), has targeted ten London boroughs with particular problems. Voyage seeks socially disadvantaged young black men whose lives can be enhanced and turned around for the benefit of the entire community.
On Friday 20th July the proof of the power of its work will be on show for all to see at a special graduation event is being staged at Hackney Town Hall. The event will acknowledge and celebrate the young people who have already completed a bespoke course in youth leadership
Called Young Leaders for Safer Cities, the six month BTEC course is aimed at empowering young people who typically would not have realised their potential within mainstream school.
It has worked with them to help them to stay focused on studying and not fall prey to gangland culture and violent crime. Voyage chief executive Paul Anderson this week praised them for their tirelessly work in completing the course and is now inviting people to help Voyage raise £3000 towards the cost of the graduation event.
He hopes a new fundraising page on Just giving will attract donations to fund a bigger event (awards, entertainment and a larger venue) and allow Voyage to invite over 200 teachers, professionals and more importantly the parents/ guardians of successful students.
As Paul Anderson points out: “Typically our demographic of students struggle with support due to limited family involvement and poor access to professionals who can inspire effective planning for the future and progressive behaviours. The graduation event will facilitate a closer connection with families and teachers and the end result will see young people joining our graduate programme (South Hackney Leadership Academy). Follow the links for more information
The graduation event takes place on Friday 20th July 2018 at 6pm at Hackney Town Hall.