BREAKING NEWS:  Key findings of our independent evaluation cited young people are better able to demonstrate:  significantly improved educational outcomes at year 10; raised educational attainment at key stage 3; strong, resilience and resistance to peer pressure

South Hackney Leadership Academy (SHLA)

Voyage has created an inspired leadership academy to provide a powerful framework designed to encourage educational and career progression, build skills and raise confidence whilst responding to disappearing youth provision and the ongoing spectre of youth related violence and territorialism. We achieve this by engaging inspirational leaders, dedicated tutors and committed professionals to help motivate and inspire young leaders to achieve personal and professional success.

The SHLA offers a thought provoking and inspired developmental programme combining our respective SHLA themes of learning; Leadership, Work-based learning and Creative Arts as focused specialisms to provide a solution-orientated initiative designed to complement career progression. The programme is fused with black history, empowerment and creative workshops delivered by Voyage’s freelance tutors/ mentors whilst involving a host of professional partners engaged to:

  • develop skills and raise your confidence
  • develop strategies that help you determine and access your career path
  • inspire leadership, citizenship, educational and career choices
  • work alongside other inspirational young people from across London
  • increase awareness of aspects of law and how this can affect you and your family

If your motivated, interested in making the right educational and career choices whilst learning about yourself, your community and wider society why not get in touch?

Below is some selected images of our 2017 Residential to Wales

Here you can read more about what we are doing as part of the SHLA programme in the coming months and our opening times are below.

24th & 29th June 2017: Parents Open Space Sessions

London Borough of Hackney, in partnerships with Paul Anderson MBE, have organised open space sessions for parents regarding their access to services. With young people from VOYAGE acting as facilitators, parents were invited to use the platform to communicate their thoughts on their experiences with services within their community, i.e. education, housing, neighbourhood safety, children social care, cultural awareness and identity, and transportation.

1st July: SHLA Sessions Re-begin

Now that exams are over and young people are getting ready for the end of term, our SHLA sessions will now begin again! In particular, the first session in particular will be a fun recommencement which will include icebreakers, games, debates and of course food. This session along with the next two on 15th and 29th July will be used to build momentum for our summer scheme!

10th July: Research Project

Young people will be meeting in a group at Nandos to generate ideas about agendas surrounding youth violence, gun and knife crime and policing. This will be developed further into an extensive research project with more details TBC.

11th July: Annual Access Conference

Oxford University ACS (African and Caribbean Society) are running their Annual Access Conference for BAME young people. Throughout the conference, they will be addressing the issue of misrepresentation within the student body of Oxford. They hope to break down misconceptions of prospective students and are not necessarily trying to convince young people to apply to Oxford, but to give them the opportunity to engage openly and honestly with current students. The general aim is to equip young people with the tools to access Higher Education opportunities and to engage with Oxford alumni and current students.

7th – 18th August: Summer University

VOYAGE are proud to present our new and improved Summer University. The summer scheme will include course-type workshops/ activities e.g. textiles, motor mechanics, music production etc. The sessions will include fun events and engaging things such as debates, trips and other events.

Scroll down to sign up yourself or your friends and read more about our aims!

You can also sign up and register to join us here!!

Young Black Positive Advocates (YBPA)

Voyage has a long established network of over 180 graduates that have formed a youth led Alumni called the Young Black Positive Advocates (YBPA) . The YBPA exists as a open network for graduates of Voyage’s Young Leaders for Safer Cities (YLfSC) programme. If you want to know more or sign up why not make contact?

YBPA Case Study

The Journey so far…by Donata Miller

I came into the YLFSC programme at the age of 13 as a shy student. It was my first time completing a BTEC, presenting in front of others and interacting with people from different schools; first-hand experiences in dealing with the real world. Through Voyage I was able to learn about history and culture that I had not learnt about in school or the community volunteering programmes I was involved in. Hence my interest in the history was sparked, and I decided to study Politics and History at University in the hopes of learning even more about different cultures.

I went to China during my second year as part of my University’s exchange programme, and had an amazing experience!! I was able to meet new people, both home students and other exchange students making lifelong friends from various countries. By studying abroad I was able to improve my knowledge of East Asian history, and rapidly increasing my ability to speak and write mandarin. During term time I got involved in university societies, and the various cultural events that my university put on. Whilst the holidays brought opportunities to travel Asia and volunteer in the poorer areas of China. My experience in China was unforgettable, and one of the best decisions I made of my life so far. It is truly valuable to experience a culture outside of your own and to get outside of your own comfort zone. I am so grateful for the foundation that the Voyage programmes gave me, the sense of responsibility and readiness to approach challenges that have proved useful throughout my time at University. I hope that we will all push ourselves to aim high and seek change, to make sure that the work of those who came before us is not in vain.

You may also see me at the SHLA offering my time helping young people prosper and gain the skills to do bigger and even better things. So sign up now.

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South Hackney Leadership Academy (SHLA)


Towards a youth led manifesto

Voyage has created a youth led Alumni called the Young Black Positive Advocates (Ybpa) which is a network for graduates of the Voyage Young Leaders for Safer Cities (YLfSC) course.

The aspiration and aim for the Ybpa is to build and sustain a solid foundation and network for young graduates and develop them as a collective leadership group whilst creating a powerful voice of young black Londoners.

The essential ambition is to extend the voice of our young leaders and encourage participation in their own communities in structures such as youth forums, councils, Independent advisory Groups and various consultative groups that host young people as part of their governance structures. We also want to assist young peoples engage in consultation on community safety and policing policies, procedures and programmes that effect young people in London.

Outcomes of participation in the Ybpa is to:

Empower young people to use their voice to create change

Transform our communities and make these more responsive to the needs of young people.

Sustain participation to enable progression and professional development whilst creating a platform to build lasting peace and collaboration between inner London postcodes.

The Ybpa will become a sustainable voluntary group within the next three years and is currently acting as BPACTs VOYAGEs youth policy advisors to our board of Trustees with two members occupying board positions from Nov 2014.