Funding for the young people of Newham to carry out community projects

8:00 a.m. January 10, 2022

The Newham Council partners with the Recorder to celebrate the Year of the Adolescent until February 2022 – celebrating the achievements of young people and highlighting the services and support available to them.

Newham Council’s Year of the Youth helps nine young people carry out community projects to improve the lives of other young residents.

At the end of 2021, the Youngest in Charge (YIC) project, an initiative funded by the Newham Council, Newham Training Hub and HeadStart Newham, awarded funding to a group of young people to carry out their own community health and wellness projects.

James Kaguima, who will lead Skate Cabal – Roll in peace, said: “Stratford was once the central base for all roller skating in London.

“My project will bring back that legacy, reviving the vibrant culture and community.

“It will also improve the mental health of young people through increased social interaction, physical activity and social networking with new friends who share an interest.” “

James Kaguima wants to bring “the legacy of roller skating” back to Stratford
– Credit: Newham Council

Project 22 is Iman Sheriff’s podcast project, which focuses on topics affecting young Somali adults.

Iman said: “The idea is to normalize discussions on taboo topics, to discuss them in today’s light as a young person and to value our experiences as young Somali adults growing up in the West with struggling parents. with language barriers.

Amari Webb-Martin will lead a dance project called Perspectives, which he said explores “different perspectives of personal injustices due to identity and how it affects the well-being of those affected.”

He added: “Using dance and spoken art forms to impart this enables young people to develop healthy methods of mental resilience, confidence and self-esteem and transferable skills such as discipline, creativity and problem solving. “

Jesse Idike developed a project called Space 4 Me.

Jesse said, “It’s a space for my age group to learn together, make friends, go out to be safe. Since I have autism, there are so many things I would love to do but cannot do on my own.

Other YIC-funded projects include Football and a Healthy Newham by Tahmid Hussain; Composing Instrumentals, a musical project by Malachi Lee Brown and Aspire to Inspire by Gerrard Onyia, which will support young budding entrepreneurs.

Jesse idike

Jesse Idike’s project is called Space 4 Me
– Credit: Newham Council

Effecting Change Through Art by Dominique Francis and “ATW” by Loreen Allick, based on the art of cooking and food education, were also funded.

In addition to the money, the young people will benefit from supervision and training to implement their projects.

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