Dear young leader or parent of young leader

We are now making transport arrangements for the weekend away to Kingswood for the 6th – 8th April 2018. I now write to request Attendance Confirmation to ensure your place is reserved for the coach leaving on Friday.

Kindly complete the link below to confirm if you can or cannot attend the weekend along with any special arrangements. Males and females will be accommodated separately whilst they are away with us.

 

Young Leaders for Safer Cities

Our next Young Leaders for Safer Cities (YLfSC) Session will be taking place on Saturday 10th February from 9 am till 5 pm.
The theme of this session focuses on understanding the use of the media.
A past graduate of the YLfSC programme Chanel 4’s Symeon Brown will be our keynote speaker (Symeon is a graduate of Voyage add in his profile on `Chanel 4) we will be looking at different forms of media and the impact of modern media on youth culture.

Tuesday 13th of February
9:00 am – 17:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders
Problem-solving session

Wednesday 14th of February
12:00 pm – 17:00 pm
Morning: Presentations from Lee Jasper political activist and Bite the Ballots Michael Sani (add their website details)
Afternoon: Catch up, Young people who have missed sessions

Thursday 15th of February
10:00 am – 12:45 pm compulsory for all Young People
12:45 pm – 17:00 pm We encourage all young people to take part in the Police Question Time

Saturday 24th February
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Session: Presentations Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Residential
Friday the 6th of April 2018 – Sunday the 8th April 2018

Graduation
Friday 20th July

Voyage is organising a “Police and Youth Question Time” event.

The event will take place at:

Hackney Community College Falkirk Street,
Hackney London N1 6HQ.
15th February 2018 at 3.30pm – 5pm

The event has been created to explore the views of young people against a backdrop of rising knife crime, young people feeling over policed and under protected and their concerns about impacts of targeted operations on young people.

Voyage wishes to host this event to explore the views of young people on current police practice/ operations and hopefully move this towards an ongoing yet highly structured dialogue at high levels within the Police service. It is hoped from the question time we develop the dialogue into thematic strands that will open up into more regularized and more structured engagement and dialogue with the Met Police.

We envisage this will lead onto young people engaged and consulted sustainably through the:

• shaping of policing and community safety practice, procedures and policies
• strengthening of community trust and confidence in the Met Police
• building effective and long term bridges between young people at the Police

The event has already secured the participation from a mix of Hackney Police officers, Operation Trident, the Met Black Police association, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and specialist teams including Taser/ fire arms and spot hood officers.

The Youth Question Time will attract up to 75 young people that are part of Voyages current education programmes and will be opened up to our local partners. The event will be chaired by Duane Maddison (aka Amen Noir) to ensure there is a structure to the afternoon, everyone gets a chance to speak and take questions from the floor.

We are hoping to drill into some of the issues and concerns that are raised at the Question Time event and follow this up with a report, actions and next steps.

If you want to know more contact

paul@voyageyouth.com

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We are proud to announce that our unique empowerment programme Young Leaders for Safer Cities is now underway and running at Hackney Community College two Saturday a week. Our YLFSC course is offered at two intakes (November – March and April to July) and our participants come from over 20 secondary schools whilst levering the support from over 18 partners organisations to create a vibrant and prosperous programme.

Our YLFSC course is unique, accredited and empowering, helping

  • schools improve school achievement and improvement targets whilst complementing
  • young people achieve their leadership potential
  • to create a culture of youth leadership and resilience in communities

 Voyage has secured funding from Trust for London and appointed a team to implement our ambitious schemes of work with a strong focus on implementing our youth take over strategy in time for 2020. We believe by sustaining a regular programme building young leaders we will develop a focused cadre of young people who will join us to

  • transform the nature of policing and community safety in communities
  • reviews, policies and strategies effecting young people
  • adopt a vibrant campaigning strategy to challenge disproportionate systems
  • become an esteemed member of our management and leadership structures

We believe this will build a strong and powerful voice of young people supported and trained with the ability to challenge whilst creating stronger, resilient and safer communities.

Sign up here for more..

 

Voyage is proud to announce it is now a registered Arts Award provider.

Voyage will be working with a range of creative partners (Talawa Theatre, ACE Dance, Ebony Steel Orchestra, Creative Access, Bigga Fish, The Tate amongst many others) to create a varied and inspiring leadership programme for our young people in South Hackney. Our creative collaborators will offer an electric and dynamic programme of high quality art activities and experiences that will be seamlessly embedded into our regular weekend, half term and holiday programmes for under 19s. These sessions will be open to our young people that wish to take part in events, visits, readings, showcases and observing creative work with a strong focus for

  • increasing the educational progression routes
  • expanding creative development opportunities
  • encouraging young people to take creative career paths

By embedding Arts awards amongst other leadership and community safety accreditations into our work, Voyage will create unique developmental pathways for its cohorts of young leaders. We believe this will not only help to enrich the lives of our young it will also positively strengthen Voyages programme offer and help us expand. We look forward to working with Trinity College and our creative partners to build our reputation and help to create an inspired team of young leaders who progress within the arts and help us implement our expansive youth take over strategy in time for 2020.

On Thursday the 10th of August, Battersea Dogs were invited to deliver their amazing workshop on dog safety to our new younger cohort of young people attending our Summer University programme. The session began with young people being introduced to a puppy and young people were taught how to properly greet a dog in a non-threating way and discussed past negative experiences with dogs. Young people were engaged in exercises that helped them rank in order a range of dogs from the most threatening to least threatening. young people were also able to identify which breed of dogs were illegal and why. Young people took also match pictures of injuries to the breed of dog who caused the injuries which highlighted the importance of training is to new dog. At the end of the session most of the young people who were initially scared of dogs left with a positive experience.

A big message of thanks goes out to Kristie Slade who has developed such a wonderful relations with our team of staff and has an excellent rapport with our young leaders. Thanks

On Tuesday 8th August our young leaders were taken on a trip to Kingston University as part of our 2017 Summer University. During the trip our young leaders were engaged in a range of actives and talks which were facilitated by the time at Kingston University. They were split up into 5 groups with each group being supported by at least one Student Ambassador. They engaged in a speed dating formatted event which allowed them to find out more about each of the student ambassadors in relation to what they studied, any advice they had about university life as well as how they got to where they are now. Following this our young leaders were given a talk by Timothy Dhir with informed them about general tips and advice for university during which they also took a personality test which gave them feedback on their potential degree and career possibilities in relation to their personality traits. Finally, to round of the day the young leaders were given a tour around the Kingston University Campus, during which they were able to visit the accommodation, lecture rooms and library.

Overall our young leaders had a fantastic and informative day and we would like to thank Timothy Dhir and the team at Kingston University for having us and we look forward to working with Kingston next year.

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is well!

As you all know, an important part of what we do here at VOYAGE is fundraising. This is necessary to allow us to continue to provide events and programmes which fulfil our ethos and contribute to the transformation and empowerment of young people. It’s also helps us to keep the backend of VOYAGE running as smoothly as possible. In this very ideological austerity, black organisations have been hit very hard and we’ve therefore found it increasingly difficult to raise funds for as an organisation. We’re in a constant cycle of recovery which sees us writing an endless number of funding applications which are both extremely time consuming, and also more often than not, unsuccessful. It is therefore incredibly useful when we produce funding applications to have specific examples or case studies which show precisely the sort of impact or effect this funding can have on the lives of young people.

Furthermore, it is important to us that we are able to discern exactly what VOYAGE has done for you as an individual. We have our more generic aims for the young people we work with, but value your thoughts on the role VOYAGE has played in your life.

As much as possible, we would like to gather this information from anyone who has been a part of any of VOYAGE’s programmes, so both past and present participants. Therefore, the best way for us to do this is through a survey. There are not many questions so it should take you less than 10 minutes, but we would appreciate if you could take the time to answer them as fully and honestly as possible. You’ll find the link to the survey below. Once we have receive your responses, we will be translating them into a case study format which can be used for fundraising causes and impact development, as well as placed on our website. To accompany your results, we would also like for you to send us a picture of just yourself (in a sort of selfie format, although as long as the photo shows you clearly, it should be fine). This can be sent to admin@voyagey.outh.com. We will of course let you know if we decide to use any of your information, but if you for any reason do not want this to happen, please let us know within the email that you attach your photo.

Lastly, if you are in need of any references, VOYAGE is more than happy to act as a referee for you (so long as we have record of you through our databases.)

Since we value your time, we’ve decided that an incentive for completing the survey is more than reasonable. Please select which you would prefer at the end of the survey, but note that the incentive is only available for completed surveys which actually provide worthwhile information…

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8TJWKJ8

Thank you.

Voyage is proud to announce the successful launch of of its all new programme Horizons Plus designed to challenge offending and reoffending lifestyles of young people under 19 years.

Our launch brought together interested referral partners from over 6 inner London Boroughs and our guest speakers Jennette Arnold (Chair of the GLA), Mary McKaskill and John Stephens from Project Oracle and Lois Fowler the Principal of Hackney Community College. We were also joined by other distinguished guests including our Chair Dr Leroy Logan MBE and Nathaniel Peat.

We are now actively seeking referrals for our summer programme starting in August so don’t hesitate contact us for more information.

Britain is at a crossroads on race equality, Brexit, immigration and identity. A coalition of race equality organisations has drawn up a plan to put fairness and equal life chances for Britain’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. So that we can all face future challenges together, equally.
Its great to read OBV have just published the race statements from Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron and Theresa May. They are published in a new section on the ‘raceequality2017’ website alongside the manifesto and ‘power of the black vote’ report. The statements are here.
Please share and help motivate our diverse communities to participate in this very crucial election.