Newport Youth Futures is one of the many projects carried out by Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales. Our organisation seeks to fill a gap by offering culturally sensitive provision for young people, primarily from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background
Lenaine and Shahinoor are youth support workers based, in Newport, working on the project. Lenaine and Shahinoor are both BME young people, who grew up in Newport and are passionate about improving the outcomes for young people locally.
Newport Youth Futures is a BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundations funded project for young people aged between 11-18 with the aims of providing a programme of activities for young people including homework clubs, youth drop-in sessions, 1:1 support and volunteering opportunities to enhance connections between young people and local employers. These activities will be varied to suit different tastes and interests but would aim to build confidence and life skills in young people, as well as offer clear support and pathways to employability.
We would also really like to work in partnership with as many local organisations and schools as possible to discuss potential involvement with our programme.
Under normal circumstances, the activities mentioned above would have been delivered face-to-face as the project is all about engaging with young people, however we are currently working from home due the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted to working across digital platforms where available and continue to engage through phone calls and other messaging applications to ensure we remain safe. We hope to return to face to face provision as soon as it is safe to do so.
The outcomes we envisage for our young people are to improve connections, relationships, trust and confidence between young people and local future employers.
If you know or work with any young people that you feel could really benefit from the Newport Youth Futures project, our project referral form can be found here via this link: http://bit.ly/3izfx80