Engage is our new project that matches volunteer mentors with young people living in East London who are not in education, employment or training.
The idea is to support them to develop and deliver a community project of their choice in the borough, which will help them learn new skills and grow confidence.
Engage is now in its ninth week and the 10 young people from Tower Hamlets have come up with some really exciting community projects, from arts workshops to clothes swaps, face painting and a football tournament. They are working hard to finalise them before delivering the projects in the borough over the next couple of weeks.
As part of the programme, we have delivered training sessions on planning a project, how to budget, marketing and communications and monitoring and evaluation. We have also recruited mentors to support the young people and they have all completed their mentor induction and are eager to start sharing their skills and expertise. As part of the mentor induction we invited Mahdi Alam, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, who shared some useful tips on how to engage with young people.
I am really looking forward to seeing the delivery of each of the projects – and given all the effort that the young people have put in to plan each one, I’m sure they'll be a great success. Watch this space to find out from the young people themselves how they got on!