Voyage is proud to announce its new partnership with ACE Dance Birmingham, Bijlmer Park Theatre and Untold in the Netherlands. 3 of Voyage’s SHLA graduates participated in the international conference Best of Both worlds to explore the importance of incorporating cultural heritage in youth work. Young people and professionals contributed to workshop debates and symposia looking at the strengths of this approach. Krysten one of our youngest members was quoted for an inspiring statement in front of 200 people “its important to value cultural education as its like giving young people a book without pages.”

Voyage will be forging relations in Zuidoost Amsterdam which is home to over 100,000 people from over 150 diverse communities and cultures to develop our practice, explore potential for youth exchanges and deepening our impacts with our young leaders.

Huge thanks to Ian and Gail Parnel from ACE for the invite to Amsterdam and to Oluwatoyin Odunsi for this powerful transformative opportunity.

 Voyage is a ground breaking charity working with young people across London to address issues of low educational achievement, youth violence and in particular stemming the hugely disproportionate numbers of black and minority ethnic young people ending up in the criminal justice system. We aim to tackle this through our increasing range of workshops, projects and programmes with professionals who can help us motivate and inspire progression for young people and become part of our dynamic team.

To this end we are looking out for committed professionals and affinity groups who want to give back to the community through our South Hackney Leadership Academy and be on hand to attend our growing Saturday programme supporting our

  1. Industry Insight days – by sharing your experiences about your unique story of access, qualifications and work experience
  2. Thematic discussion days – Black History Month, Women’s week, refugee week and other developmental days thorough the year – speaking on these to inform
  3. Visits to places of interest – such as theatres, festivals, museums, public speaking events – By offering invitations, discounts and access
  4. Civic Engagement – You may have avialable space on your committee, forum or working group for young people and you want fill this gap with young leaders from London’s diverse community?
  5. If any of this appeals and you can help us in anyway please don’t hesitate to make contact. we are friendly and committed to our work and we hope you can join us make us more effective.

Voyage pays full travel and meal expenses for all contributions received in our programmes.

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The SHLA will offer a thought provoking and inspiring developmental programme combining our respective SHLA themes of learning; Leadership, Work-based learning and creative arts as specialisms to provide a solution-orientated initiative. The programme will be delivered by Voyage’s freelance tutors alongside strategic and operational partners who are invite to animate our themesThe SHLA will reach out to its graduate community and offer access to its unique programme to over 65 young people aged 15-17 years made up of multi faith boys and girls

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Voyage is working in partnership with Ian and Gail Parnel leaders from ACE Dance Birmingham to present a UK youth perpective at a EU Conference in South Amsterdam Holland in late October 2016. The conference is titled “Best of Both Worlds” and the programme poses three important questions for young people and youth practitioners. These are:

  1. What is the African diaspora and why is there a development psychological need for young people with an African background to consciously to go with the cultural-ethnic past.
  2. How do you as a youth worker methodically work the best? Develop political consciousness or pedagogical awareness, or both?
  3. What are the possibilities and limitations are there in the local youth policy for this?

Voyage will be attending the conference with three young leaders from its graduate programme South Hackney Leadership Academy (some have never been on a aeroplane before) attending to share their unique perspectives, debating key issues and most of all exposing themselves to new cities, new challenges, raising consciousness and voices whilst meeting like minded young people. This is a fantastic opportunity for Voyage to get out of London, meet new EU partners, shape dialogue and begin solidify professional links across the seas.

A special mention of thanks to Toyin Oluwa Odunsi who kindly brokered this partnership. Much love and thanks. xxxx

Watch this space for more!!!