Voyage is a charity that empowers and enables young black people through a range of educational and leadership courses, specialist and peer mentoring, developmental and skills building opportunities and work experience. It is both youth and BAME led and has a strong and growing track record of effective and recognised impact.

We are looking for new tutors for our Young Leaders for Sustainable Cities course that will begin in March and be delivered to year 9s and 10s in London, as well as for our Young Leaders for Safer Cities course and further programmes. We are looking for individuals from diverse communities with passion for supporting young black people and who have what it takes to engage and educate them. We place incredible value on those who can use their unique lived experience to connect with our young people and effect change in them. We recognise and value experience over qualifications and aim to nurture our pool of tutors as a thriving VOYAGE Youth Tutor Network and regular training and development opportunities.

The course will run for 12 weeks each year across 10 Saturdays and will involve both team and solo teaching. In terms of development and progression, tutors will take part in training and shadowing other tutors at the beginning of the course and will go on to either teach in teams or solo once they complete training in the later part of the course. Once tutors have completed their training and the first round of teaching, we will continue to develop and support them with training and engagement opportunities as the young people rise as our graduates.

Key info:

  • All our engagement with young people occurs over the weekends, evenings, or school holiday periods.
  • We aim to shortlist our first wave of candidates by Friday 8th October after the Friday 1st application deadline
  • Candidates will need to be available for a date during out Live week in October half term, a weeklong programme of activities and workshops for young people, to engage and meet our young people
  • All candidates that make the final cohort will be required to have an Enhanced DBS and those who are successful through our onboarding and training process will have their pay evaluated using the JNC scale (https://www.nya.org.uk/youth-work/jnc/).

Please send your CV, clearly state your hours and days of availability and provide 500 words max on ‘Why you should be a VOYAGE Youth tutor’ to admin@voyageyouth.com

Be sure to include:

  • Any relevant experience with young people (including any safeguarding training)
  • Any qualifications or experience relating to the environment
  • Your unique lived experience that will help you connect to and empower young people

 

Time frame Application stages
Friday 1st October Application deadline
Friday 8th October Notifying shortlisted candidates
Wednesday 13th – Friday 15thOctober Interview period
Monday 18th October Notifying shortlisted candidates
Monday 25th – Friday 29th October Live week
Tuesday 2nd November Notifying shortlisted candidates
Monday 8th November Appointment

Dear friend, colleague and young leader,

We’re excited to announce that Voyage’s Youth Advisory Board has developed a youth led enquiry project which will be reviewing and planning to hold to account 6 key industries (health, education, environment, police, heritage/ culture and corporates) who are embracing new plans to be more inclusive and diverse. We understand many of these agencies and businesses appear to be motivated by the impact of the pandemic and inspired by the death of George Floyd. Many have chosen to increase their commitments to inclusion and diversity in a new drive to reduce and remove the pernicous spectre racism in the work place. Because of this we feel this is a special moment in time were we detect a growing receptivity to the voices and lived experiences of young people of colour. Whilst this is timely and most welcomed we believe our young people have the answers to how this can be done to achieve the change they wish to see as they become employable.

Our new Youth Investigator Network (YIN) will work alongside our partners to investigate best and bad practice models and use this knowledge to promote good work and use this to encourage the much needed change in sectors seldom accessed by people of colour. We aim to announce key findings each year at Black History Month and use the event to encourage more partners to join us.

So if you wish to join make sure you sign up below as all young people involved will access

  • valuable work experience and a reference
  • training to boost key investigatory and presentation skills
  • presentation and public speaking opportunities
  • visits to places of interest
  • refreshments, meals and travel expenses

The project will involve 30 young people each year who will form our core Youth Investigator Network (YIN) and be tasked with investigating and presenting their initial lines of enquiry at a fundraising event we are developing for Black History Month in 2021.

All the young people will be trained to act in key leadership roles to ensure the event runs smoothly, reaches its target audience and engages case study partners. The event will be promoted as a youth led enquiry by young people and we aim to use the initial and informed research questions and begin active lines of follow up and enquiry as a next stage.

We aim to use their findings to target more partner companies and encourage them to engage young people as they;

  • hold them to account on what their policies say
  • problem solve recruitment, retention and progression strategies
  • widen access and ongoing participation

Furthermore, we believe our young peoples contribution will give shape to an annualised programme of youth voice work that will encourage more young people to join us and help them develop amazing profiles making them highly skilled and employable.

If you want to find out more contact the office at admin@voyageyouth.com.

If you are a young person interested in committing to this Youth Investigator Network, the project will require 12hours of commitment per month.

 

 

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Voyage was proud to be part of MINDs national Enquiry research into the impact COVID19 has had on the mental health of young people in secondary schools across England.

Our young leaders were active participants in the surveys as well as being commissioned to encourage more black young people across London to participate. Voyage young leaders carried out training to learn about mental health before attending community and school facilities to drum up more contributions to the survey. In addition this Voyage young leaders facilitated round tables with over 70 young people of colour to ensure there was more qualitative information available to bring alive some of the quantitative contributions found through the survey.

Being involved in this research as opened up many possibilities for Voyage to explore new and innovative ways we can continue to involve our young people in more consultative and research initiative’s going forward.

The Mind survey findings  present very important messages about the effect racism has on mental health which was one of the more significant impactful findings explored in our round table work. 

We are proud of our young people who took part as they demonstrated commitment, passion and power laced with insightful contributions which we feel has lifted this report and made it more representative and reflective of what COVID 19 is actually doing to our young people..

Right now, we’re failing young people and this needs to change. No young person should be given up on. With the right support, all young people experiencing mental health problems can reach their full potential, succeed at school and create the life that they desire. 

This is how Voyage has been acknowledged for our involvement.. Big thanks to David Stephenson for giving us this opportunity...

Summary:

https://www.mind.org.uk/media/8860/not-making-the-grade-summary.pdf

 

Full report:

https://www.mind.org.uk/media/8852/not-making-the-grade.pdf

 

 

Click to access not-making-the-grade.pdf

Course Writer (Sustainability)

Hours: (Temporary Contract)

Voyage is a charity that empowers and enables young black people through a range of educational and leadership courses, specialist and peer mentoring, developmental and skills building opportunities and work experience. It is both youth and BAME led and has a strong and growing track record of effective and recognised impact.

Through consultation with our environmental partners and youth advisory board, we have planned the development of a new course, Young Leaders for Sustainable Cities, which aims to provide our young people with the skills and knowledge to lead and advocate for more environmentally conscious lives. It is a 12-week level 2 course for year 9s and 10s and will act as a prerequisite to our graduates’ scheme where participants will have access to a range of supportive services including mentoring and work experience in the environment sector. The course will educate young people on sustainability, climate change, pollution and conservation and will frame the complexity of environmental justice and the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on particular racial groups. The broader impact of this course will be the diversification of the environment sector which, after farming, is the least diverse sector in the UK, as well as to address the disproportionally high level of black unemployment rates.

The course will begin in September as a pilot project, so we are looking for an educational course writer to assist in the development of the course from June through to August. Someone with experience of writing a level 2 or above accredited course is desirable, but not necessary, and we are open to professionals with an environmental education. We will use one of the four following accreditors for the course; One Awards, Pearson’s, EduQual or Open College Network London.

The course development will be overseen by our Special Project Manager and will involve the input of all of our team and our youth advisory board.

Time Frame (to be confirmed) Deliverables
June 21th Application Deadline
June 21st – 25th Interviews to determine the timescale of project completion –
June §  Initial planning with Voyage team to outline the details of the brief and agree deliverables and outcomes for the project.
July §  The development and first draft of the course

§  Check in and update to obtain ongoing reviews and feedback from Voyage staff

August §  Edit and refine upon youth consultation and staff feedback

§  Present final draft to Voyage Youth team

§  Sign and agree to copyrights

 

We are proud of our young participants of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) who chose to use their voices to bring about change on a number of issues that effect them and the wider community.
In this instance our YAB has chosen to write a letter to the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Home, to outline our frustrations at the refusal to remove the statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye. Our YAB were alerted after noting public consultation carried out by the museum demonstrated 70% of its respondents wanted the statue removed.  The YAB believe no name change can avoid or cover up the actions of this slave trader and NO museum should be forced by its investors to go against the view of the local community. Our young believe the showcasing of the statue makes the museum complicit in the wrong and hugely contentious actions of Robert Geofrye and goes against the rich diversity of Hoxton.
There is a meeting date now set to take these concerns directly to the museums senior management and we look forward to learning more about how the reversal of the views of the community can be justified in these times.
Watch this space for more…

Operation Smiles sign up form

Minimum details required
  • Please let us know your first, last name and your age
  • One choice only please.
  • Tell us what role you wish play as part of Operation Smiles
Voyage is proud to announce its new project developed in association with Arena Flowers called Operation Smiles. .

Operation Smiles is an up cycling volunteering project designed to redistribute unsold flowers to individuals in need in Hackney, Haringey and Tower hamlets. The project has been developed to get young people out and active to help them get some valuable work experience to support their educational pathways as well as ease the boredom and frustration many have experienced as a result of the lockdown.

The project is lead by a volunteer team of our young leaders who will be trained in outreach, safeguarding, area mapping conservation, bouquet preparation and customer care and be on hand to deliver FREE bouquets of flowers to local people in need every Saturday for 6 weeks. The project is now in its planning stages and we aim to start delivering flowers direct to homes from Saturday 11th July and schedule deliveries between 10am-4pm.

Our aim is to bring smiles to the community and to aid the recovery of struggling individuals massively impacted by the pandemic. We aim to deliver to the elderly, parent carers and those suffering from the traumatic effects of violence, people with special needs and those trapped care homes and hostels.

We simply aim to give out free flowers to local people in exchange for a smile using a door to door delivery service.

This is the first of our programmes established with new found partners and we aim to build more project like this to demonstrate how we can work effectively combining valuable skills development with community service.

Email us for more information.

Voyage is launching a video competition to reflect the voices of our young people in a new promotional brochure.

Our promotional brochure will be launched in September setting out how our work impact young people in schools, communities and in their own homes. We are asking for young leaders who have come through our programmes (since 2010) to contribute to this promotional opportunity. We wish to capture the impacts we created with our young people in order to incorporate their voices into our digital brochure. We have commissioned Iconic Media to assist this project who have created a simple steps process to help our young people produce a two minute contribution.

Feel free to email Craig at VOYAGE@ICONICMEDIASOLUTIONS.CO.UK and/or Angela ANGELA@VOYAGEYOUTH.COM to ask any questions you may have about this opportunity. We are here to support you.

All useful entries will get a £15 voucher from an established online company. We hope you seize this opportunity and we look forward to forward to receiving your entries. Hola

Join David and Mona as they host professionals on Friday 1st May at 4.30.

Click on the link here the text to ensure you connect with us.

Whats coming Up

Friday 1st May at 4.30pm – We look forward to hosting Robert Russell from OSTC and Natasha Cox from the BBC to speak about their work and opportunities respectively. On Friday we have:

1. Rob Russell, Global Head of Professional Qualifications, ZISHI will speak about the world of trading and what you need if you wish to get involved as a stock broker and trader. Voyage has a new partnership that will see young people taking up training learning about how to conduct trading deals in the millions whilst keeping a cool head.

2. Natasha from the BBC has an amazing opportunity to sign young people up to take part in a film exploring what young people are doing whilst being on Lockdown.
see Fridays zoom link here