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

Achievements

Over a 13 year History Voyage has much to proud about since starting its humble programme in Westminster in 2000 and growing to pan London organisation in 2006 has truly demonstrated the effectiveness and need for our programmes.

Recruitment for our programmes has taken place in 22 boroughs and over 50 schools in London and has had many successes truly empowering the young people that attend our courses and leadership workshops. Examples of some of the successes are;

  • In 2001, following a live video link (an element of the leadership programme) with young people in South Africa, students in London decided that they wanted to empower their peers to become positive agents of change within their local communities as a result, the Young Black Positive Advocates(YBPA) emerged as a youth forum.

  • In 2002, a significant number of young people felt so empowered by the programme, that they created the Peace Pledge statement (appendix.1).

  • The Young Black Positive Advocates, graduates of the leadership programme, were the winners of the first Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage in 2003.

  • In 2004 the MetBPA facilitated an international youth leadership programme in London with young participants from South Africa, Jamaica and the United States. Following the programme young people from all participating countries agreed to continue international youth collaboration. As a result students created two new youth lead organisations in Jamaica (Beacons of Progress and Achievement) and South Africa (Advocates 4 Change).

  • In 2006, a number of young people who had participated in the Leadership Programme in previous years were recognised for their achievements towards peace at an awards ceremony held by the London Peace Alliance.

  • In 2006, the Asian Marketing and Media Group Diversity Awards (Garavi Gujarat Two – GG2) celebrated and rewarded the work of MetBPA VOYAGE, and the team received a Leadership and Diversity Award for their groundbreaking work with young people.

Since 2006 BPACT VOYAGE has managed to:

  • levered in the participation of over 120 Met Police Officers

  • unlocked the social capacities of diverse communities through 10 of thousands of hours volunteering

  • delivered over 1000 BTEC qualifications to young Londoners across London

  • raised educational achievement of 2000 young people

  • reduced reoffending of over 200 young people on court orders

  • reduced reoffending with over 100 young people serving sentences

  • engaged over 10,000 young people through our workshops

  • consulted on a number of strategies of the Met Police, the Gangs unit and Transforming rehabilitation agendas

  • attracted additional match funding contributions of over £600,000