Youth Futures was set up in January 2012 following the closure of other local youth projects due to funding cuts. We emerged in response to a number of local young people voicing their concern and disappointment that there was a lack of safe social spaces in the area, and since this time we have continued to follow a youth-led model, shaping our work based on what our members need and want to see in their community.
We see Youth Futures as one big family, where values of respect, trust and understanding are practiced and supported. Our work can look like lots of different things, and is often spontaneous, unconventional and challenging.
We are currently running three interlinked projects:
We are partnering with Southwark Council in order to offer local young people a safe space to socialise and relax every Friday night from 6pm at the Brandon Youth Club, Cooks Road SE17
• Youth Leadership Team
Our YLT meets every Tuesday evening at Camberwell Leisure Centre. These sessions are more focused and the YLT address current issues affecting local young people, often inviting guest speakers and holding workshops, as well as working on upcoming projects for our members. They are currently working on a Round-table project with the Metropolitan Police in order to improve community relations between young people and the police and identify areas where the police can improve their work.
• Mentoring & Personal Development
Our personal development programme encourages young people to highlight the positive things in their lives, and to identify the challenges and difficulties they face and how they would like to progress with them. Our mentors then provide support and guidance where and when it is needed, and also help to create opportunities and experiences tailored to the ambitions or interests of the young person. This programme has been very successful and we aim to expand it to work with more and more young people each year.
FBB / Southwark Council / Awards For All / Tutu Foundation / Rio Ferdinand Foundation / ES Dispossessed / G&H Roberts / Comic Relief / BSMNT / LDN Citizens
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