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.

There is a special party taking place this Saturday 3rd June 2017 in Tottenham to lever support for the Labour Party.

Voyage is excited to be invited to support this event by sharing the news, building wider awareness of the campaign and recruiting some young people to volunteers. For more just click here

See you there.

 

Our chair Dr Leroy Logan MBE attended a street march organised by parents this Saturday which started in Islington and ended in Hackney Town Hall. The march attended by well over 2000 people was a reminder about the life lost to knife crime and a plea to politicians to do more to help solve the problem. Invest in our youth is the key message..

Saturday 25st March, the South Hackney Leadership Academy was happy to host a range of amazing activities. The young people engaged in a session with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the workshop focused on providing the young people with education regarding dogs and taking part in a range of activities. They were also able to debunk some common myths about dogs as well as have an opportunity to conqueror their fears.

We were also joined by our chairman Leroy Logan who spoke the young regarding the history of VOYAGE which was followed by a discussion with Professor Rupert from LA regarding the importance of knowing your cultural and being in touch with your roots. Finally, we were joined by Gerad Logan who engaged the young people in a conversation regarding the role different roles available within the music industry and the importance of knowing your business in order to ensure that you succeed.

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Voyage is proud to announce its new partnership with Business In The Community (BITC) who have agreed to run a series of fun mystery shopper events for our young people. These online mystery shopper events are designed to give young people the opportunity to feed back to employers about their websites and job adverts. The key mission is to discover if employers are producing attractive and accessible websites to encourage young peoples as potential employers and to produce recommendations about what would make their websites better.  Hannah Chui and her BITC team will be joining us at the next SHLA on the 25th March at 2pm to explain the programme in more detail.
Please click on the link for more information.

On Saturday the 17th December Voyage celebrated Christmas, the new year and Kwanza with our South Hackney Leadership Academy students.

The afternoon was a chance to acknowledge the contributions from our graduates who have demonstrated leadership, perseverance and hard work taking part in our challenging sessions since the start of the SHLA in April 2016. In this period our young leaders have undertaken

  • presentations to Police conferences, Funding committees and health organisations
  • undertaken additional qualifications with our partner organisations
  • taken part in workshops and learnt new skills and how to use them
  • volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • additional qualifications with our partners
  • participated in a weekend residential programme
  • participated in a 2 day EU exchange programme with Dutch colleagues

This was achieved whilst undertaking mock exams, making important education and career choices and experiencing many personal challenges along the way. Our gathering was a chance to give due praise and acknowledgement to our students who we will continue to support by helping them to access new opportunities and improving their pathways to success.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Lots of love and light…

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Voyage is attending IARs Research and Youth Leadership awards on 8th December 2016 after hearing two if our young leaders have been short-listed for the IARs Peacemaker of the Year Award. Our two Youth Coordinators Esther and Ajoa took the time to nominate three names of which two were shortlisted.

Hackney based Krysten White and Lamin Tarrawally have made outstanding contributions to their communities, their schools and of course to Voyage over the last year and we wish them all the success with this nomination.

The Voyage team will be attending the IARs event to see if Krysten or Lamin scope up an award. We also hope to make new contacts at the event as well as celebrate with the IARs team.

Well done Krysten and Lamin and we wish you well.

Good luck..