36 projects to change the lives of young Londoners

21 September 2018

Mayor Sadiq Khan is investing £2.6m in 36 projects across the capital which will help almost 10,000 young people to improve their skills and give them valuable life opportunities.

City Hall’s £45m Young Londoners Fund gives money to projects that help young people make positive choices, get the most out of our city, and divert them away from antisocial or criminal behaviour.

The latest projects to receive funding are:  

1. All Change Arts for Power-Up, an arts and skills development project for young women in Islington at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.

2.  Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid for #RelationshipGoals, a project to raise awareness of healthy relationships among young people.

3. Catalyst In Communities for RE:SOLVE - EastSide Stories, offering creative workshops and 1:1 coaching for young people at risk of social exclusion or offending.

4. Free to Be Kids for the Thrive Outside Programme - residential programmes to help vulnerable children change their stories about who they are and who they can be.

5. Hillingdon Carers for the Family Support Project, which supports young carers dealing with parents who are misusing substances or suffering from mental ill health.

6. Irene Taylor Trust for Making Tracks, where young people in contact with Youth Offending Teams work with professional musicians to gain confidence and life skills.

7. Khulisa for Face It: Social and Emotional skills, which offers specialist training for young people at risk of being excluded from school or being involved in violence.

8. Kiln Theatre for Minding the Gap, which uses drama to help young people newly arrived in the UK improve their English, self-confidence and teamwork skills.  

9. Knights Youth Centre for Girls Empowered Against Crime, which supports vulnerable young women at severe risk of falling into crime, gangs and violence.  

10. Lewisham Youth Theatre for the Targeted Outreach & Support Project, which runs community drama and individual mentoring for vulnerable young people.

11. Organisation of Young Africans for Transitions and Transformations Mentoring which helps disadvantaged young people of African-Caribbean heritage to develop their self-confidence, relationships and improve their academic performance.

12. Pleasance Theatre Trust for The Market Project, in which young people take part in creative mentoring and are trained in transferable theatre-related skills.  

13. Protection Approaches for Our Newham, which helps young people at risk of criminal activity to develop youth-led approaches to local decision-making, for example on councils or in police and civil society.

14. Ruils for Family Matters Hounslow, which empowers families to help their children reach their potential by providing workshops and advice sessions for parents.

15. Savvy Theatre for the Step-Up Theatre Production and Performance Skill Development Programme, which offers theatre skills training to young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.

16. Serious About Youth for Construkt, introducing young people in South London from disadvantaged backgrounds to careers in construction and engineering.

17. SocietyLinks for Tunes against Knives, which runs music and educational activities for young people at risk of getting drawn into knife crime.

18. South Central Youth for You Are Not Alone, which holds weekly sessions in London schools to raise awareness about violence and sexual violence.

19. SPLASH for Youth Engagement Project Daily, offering training and workshops for young people with developmental needs.  

20. St Paul's Cathedral for Hackney Choral, which gives socially excluded young people a voice through the discipline of choral music.  

21. The Arts Depot Trust for MINE, which works with disadvantaged communities in Barnet, using digital gaming to explore mother-son relationships.

22. The Ben Kinsella Trust for The Best You - workshops to help participants develop a strong sense of self, let go of aggressive behaviour, break through destructive cycles and discover their passions and career goals.

23. Twist for Make it Happen, inspiring young people to design and develop enterprise projects that draw on their personal ambitions and experience.  

24. Whizz-Kidz for Leading the Way, which gives disabled young people the chance to address gaps in community facilities, such as organised sports and clubs.

25. Word On The Curb. A project skilling at-risk young people aged 16-21 in content film production and creation to give them publication and employment opportunities.  

26. ARCA generation for ARCA active, which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are at risk of being drawn into gangs.

27. Ebony Horse Club for Lambeth Riding Stars, which provides weekly horse riding, horse care lessons and youth worker support for young people who would not normally have access to the sport.

28. Get Hooked on Fishing for Flying Fish, which promotes angling as a positive activity for 11-15-year olds who’ve been excluded from school or are at risk of it.

29. Islington Somali Community for ISC Links, which engages young Somalis at risk of anti-social activity and isolation in weekly sports activities to improve their fitness, team work and leadership skills.  

30. School of Hard Knocks for Schools – Changing Lives, Creating Futures, providing rugby lessons and personal mentoring to pupils at risk of exclusion or low educational attainment.  

31. SkyWay, to train young people aged 15+ to become Community Sports Coaches.

32. Southside Young Leaders' Academy for Active Lives! Physical activities for vulnerable BAME boys to improve wellbeing, encourage positive use of leisure time and break social isolation.

33. Chance to Shine for Street Cricket - a cricket programme that raises aspiration, promotes social cohesion and creates opportunities in disadvantaged communities

34. Fight for Peace, for a sports programme that follows a public health approach to preventing violence.

35. StreetGames to run informal ‘Doorstep Sport’ clubs for young people to deter them from getting involved in youth crime and offering training opportunities.

36. The Change Foundation for three projects working with at-risk young people, using sport as a positive intervention to steer them away from crime.

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