Project 4 Youth Empowerment CIC
Project 4 Youth Empowerment works to engage, support, and empower young people by moving them away from the margins of society and giving them a chance to flourish. Their work aims to reduce instances of school exclusions, serious youth violence, and exploitation, which often leads to criminality.
The grant has helped Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities hardest hit by Covid-19 deal with the fallout of unemployment, lack of opportunities, financial insecurity, and isolation among other issues. Project 4 Youth Empowerment has delivered programmes and sessions to improve the skills and qualifications of young people, and steer them towards positive opportunities.
A young man was referred to Project 4 Youth Empowerment from the Metropolitan Police (Youth Engagement Team) in October 2020 due to concerns surrounding his online activity and challenging behaviour. The young man reported to have peers engaged in gang activity and had displayed aggressive and threatening behaviour to his mother. The organisation noted that due to Covid-19, his behaviour was even more challenging as the uncertainty and instability the pandemic had created, was leading to increased behavioural challenges.
The Project supported the individual by engaging him, assessing his needs, and supporting him with positive activities. The grant also allowed him to be assigned a mentor who worked 1-2-1 to help him find a training course in his desired field of software development. The charity supported the individual with his application, which resulted in his enrollment onto the course. As a result of this support, the young man has built his confidence, self-esteem, and now has a realistic professional goal to work towards.