Many young people excel as a result of their involvement with SNYP; the work we do gives them the confidence to develop their skills and they often get involved in work for the benefit of others that use the project. Young people from our boys group have shown an interest in youth work, one was supported to complete a level 1 and then 2 course in youth work; the other wished to join the management committee and help to shape our youth work offer.
One of the above mentioned young people has now started his Youth Work degree at Sunderland University and is completing a professional placement with us.
The young man who joined the committee has since took part in representing Sunderland at an International Youth Work event and is now training to be a post 16 educator.
At SNYP we have a committed and active Youth Council who undertake many positive projects to benefit their peers and the local community. They plan and deliver activities during holiday periods for children and other young people in the community. During these projects they have to be mindful of holiday hunger issues, risk assessments and managing budgets. They’ve organised trips and outings, litter picks and a carnival themed day.
The youth council do an outstanding job of representing the project at events too; they were involved in the local illuminations, lantern parade and even meet with local elected members to ensure young people have a voice and are listened to and consulted with on matters that concern them.
They continue to also build relationships with other organisations in the city and nationally/internationally too. They have attended cultural events, visited a youth council in Bristol and will be working with young people from across Europe to build networks that will be sustained post Brexit.