87 young leaders enjoy a weekend residential in Kent

We are proud to announce our second cohort of young leaders were successfully inducted to our Leadership programme through a weekend residential to Grosvenor Hall, Kingwood in Kent, to start our YLFSC course on the 21st April at Hackney College. Our weekend residential provided an excellent setting and a challenging and vibrant leadership programme  helping our young people to bond and form lasting friendships with their peers from different parts of London.

Our team of young people showed amazing leadership skills, huge confidence and we have discovered lots of bright and talented young people amongst the group. Its worth noting over 50% of our recruited young people come from the London Borough of Hackney and its great to see positive examples of young people helping each other to become leaders in their communities. We are proud to announce the weekend went without any problems or complaints and we can only commend the efforts of our young people, tutors and an amazing team of 6 of our graduates acting as youth volunteers over the weekend.

We wish to thank Hackneys “Asorock” for supplying some great food over the weekend, Kingswood Campus, our amazing tutors, Volunteers and Janet Hills (Chair of the Black Police Association) all of whom helped our young leaders to realise their potential by encouraging them to take bigger challenges over the weekend. Young people were keen to express their concerns about the state of fear in their communities but felt there needs to be a new and perhaps a more private mechanism to report crime. Janet kindly agreed to take this back into her discussions with senior Police officials and the Mayor.

We look forward to seeing our young leaders on the Hackney College Campus on Saturday 21st April 2018 at 9am.


Young Leaders for Safer Cities

We are proud to announce that our unique empowerment programme Young Leaders for Safer Cities is now underway and our Induction day is at Hackney Community College on Saturday the 24th March at 9:00 am

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

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.

Young Leaders for Safer Cities Dates

Our second cohort of Young Leaders for Safer Cities will be starting on Saturday 24th March 2018 and we will be holding a parents induction workshop from 9.15am – 10.30am in order to give parents more information regarding the program

The parental workshop will be lead by our very own CEO Paul Anderson MBE who will on hand to set out the programme in detail, how we intend to report on progress and answer any questions about the programme. Please do wait in the college reception until you are called into the presentation starting promptly at 9.15am. Should you wish to establish an early dialogue with us at Voyage please ensure you keep the following contact details.

Email: esther@voyageyouth.com

Phone: 02074138343

Mobile phone: 07932539050

At the same time as the parental workshop, all young people will be escorted to their classrooms to start their introductory workshops. By the end of the day, all young people will be well acquainted with the staff, our code of conduct and all course requirements.

Saturday 24th of March 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders
Induction of Programme
Friday 6th April – Sunday 8th April Residential
Saturday 21st of April 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 1: Leadership, power and race

Saturday 28th April 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 2: Political Literacy

Saturday 5th May 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 2: Violent Crime

Saturday 19th May 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 2: Stop and Search

Tuesday 29th May 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 2/3: Understanding the use of Media

Wednesday 30th May 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 3: Problem Solving

Thursday 31st May 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Catch Up

Saturday 9th June 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 4: Presentation Skills

Saturday 16th June 9:00 am – 16:00 pm Compulsory for all Young Leaders

Unit 4: Presentation Skills

Friday 20th July Graduation


VOYAGE’s New Summer University!

VOYAGE is proud to announce that it will be launching a new and improved Summer University scheme! This will be running from 7th – 17th August and will be a fun and stimulating scheme which is available to young people aged 14-18. Please contact us to find out more.


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Voyage relaunches it Horizons Programme at Hackney Community College

Voyage is launching its first ever-static delivery of its expanded (10 week) unique Horizons programme.

Horizons is designed specifically for black and minority young men and women between 14 and 18 years and is delivered by culturally aware tutors who understand the issues. Voyage tutors are mentors with a deep understanding the wider issues in the criminal justice system and are trained in the area of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Horizons is a dynamic yet highly structured group work programme which possess the unique ability to challenge and inspire whilst imparting broader knowledge about Policing and the legal system. The programme presents a comprehensive framework of learning materials drawing on relevant and up to date case studies, explored through role-play and a powerful array of archival film, music and topical discourse.

The open day session is designed to set out how and when the programme will operate from our new base at the Hackney Community College and what makes it powerful and unique. Voyage will also explain how it will manage the referral process, set out its monitoring, reporting procedures and its flexible delivery options for cohorts coming from different parts of London.

Voyage presents this event in line with a renewed spirit of transformation of the criminal justice system in anticipation of a more purposeful transition towards restoration whilst embracing education as opposed to simply locking up our young. ‘as the government prepare for the “biggest shake up to the custody system since Victorian times” (quote from David Cameron last week). We therefore present Horizons which is increasingly in demand as a viable and highly effective prevention and alternative to custody programme for the 21st century…’

Our information afternoon is open to various staff roles within the criminal justice system including Young Offending Service commissioning managers, case officers, HMPYOI staff, Pupil Referral teachers, managers and gangs matrix officers.

Kindly contact Voyage office should you want more information on 0207 613 8343


Ella Win’s Our IPAD MINI

We’re getting in the Festive Spirit. Today we told Ella she won our iPad Mini. You can see the video here

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Talking Heads

An obsession with deserving victims means the The horror of the injustice is calibrated against the honour of the individual

It’s the logic that allowed a large section of Britain to dismiss both the shooting of an unarmed Mark Duggan in London and then the misleading of the public, because of Duggan’s “criminal record” and “criminal connections”. “Duggan was a gangster not Nelson Mandela,” wrote the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn, ignoring the fact that even if he was, he would still be entitled to a fair trial rather than summary execution.

This is less of an esoteric point than it might first appear. A study last week revealed that almost 50% of black men in the US under the age of 23 have been arrested; that’s roughly the same percentage as black boys who fail to graduate with their appropriate year group. Meanwhile, almost one in 10 young black men are behind bars. Born in the poorest areas, herded into the worst schools, policed, judged and sentenced in the most discriminatory fashion, by the time African American men reach manhood the odds have been heavily stacked against them. Many have less than stellar credentials. That does not give the state the right to strip them of their manhood or deprive them of their human rights and dignity.