Our response to the issues we have identified has been to deliver a programme for youth work and personal development programmes for young people (14 – 24) to enable them to explore their aspirations, options, and to realise their dreams.
The aims of the programme are to:
Re-engage young people who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in a lifestyle that will have negative consequences. In the school community, workplace and at a neighbourhood level we are developing City Role Models – role models from the local community, people who are known and recognised. They help people with their everyday problems; give advice and guidance/1:1 coaching and support, and deliver training and employment to local young people. Their purpose is to be positive role models and compete with the current negative influences in the community such as drugs, crime and gang culture.
Support young people through workshops and weekly programmes of diversionary activities. Enabling young people to take part in regular activities they feel part of that also provide coaching and mentoring act as a preventative measure and as a positive intervention for those wanting positive, lasting change in their life.
Community engagement exercises. Since October 2015 we have facilitated group discussions with over 600 Somali youths as part a series of NHS Liverpool CCG – commissioned engagement programmes on behalf of clients Kaalmo youth Development
The programmes and 1:1 coaching and mentoring increase confidence and self-awareness, and identify strengths. Each programme is created around the participant(s) so is focused on their specific needs, interests and aspirations. Participants set personal goals and action plans in respect of education, employment, training or volunteer work in the community. They get to know each other well and form a natural peer mentoring and support group.
The approach we use helps people identify and build on their own strengths – it is not about something external being offered to them. In that sense whatever they do will enhance their awareness of their own talents and qualities and always remain with them. A key aim is to help participants increase their inner resilience.