We will run a 6 week youth club for young people aged 12-17. The sessions will run from 5-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 1-5pm on a Saturday giving the children 18 sessions over 6 weeks. Although we will offer the standard youth equipment such as pool, table tennis, arts and crafts, sports, structures and chase games etc, we will add educational class from the local police and other professionals and use them as a tool for the young people to earn free time.
What we'll deliver:
- 18 youth sessions (Tuesday 3 hours, Thursday 3 hours and Saturday 4 hours).
- 6 cooking sessions.
- A Police talk on knife crime.
- An end of project trip of the young peoples choice (funds raised by the users).
- 10 Dance sessions.
- 1 Dance performance/fundraiser.
- 18 sports sessions.
- DJ workshops.
- A sexual heath workshop.
- Charity or environmental work.
Why it's a great idea:
-The young people have asked for this project themselves.
-Our staff team and our polices, procedures and risk assessments are already in place.
-We already have the equipment
-We have up to 5 year relationships with some of the young people.
-The young people will be choosing to take part in something positive and will learn skills that will help them progress into adults.
- The young people will liaise with professionals such as police in a positive manner.
-The young people will take part in exercise and activities surrounding personal care and being active.
-Young people will have access to specialised equipment and learning such as DJing, dance, drumming. All things that they may not have access to due to social backgrounds.
-Young people will be in a safe positive environment, away from temptations of the local estate.
-Young people will be educated by positive role models.
Steps to get it done:
- Plan the project and create a 6 week program.
- Advertise the project and gain interest.
- Start 1st session on the 17th of July.
- Run sessions and workshops.
- Perform the dance at the fundraising event.
- Budget and plan the end of project trip.
- End of project trip.
- Evaluate project.
The project will be reward based meaning that children and young people will need to earn free time by taking part in educational things such as a police talk on gun and knife crime or litter pick the local park to then earn leisure time. We all ready have a large group of young people that have been attending the playground since the age of 6 so they are used to working together and helping jobs at they playground, all to of them are happy to help and we hope that they will set a good example to new users.
The reason that this project has been brought to light is because our youth funding got cut 4 years ago and that left us with mainly 5-12 year olds. 4 years later most are hitting puberty and they do not have their own space or targeted activities and all though the need is there and the staff are prepared to take on the work, we do not have the budget or the time during our normal sessions to meet the needs.