Our work within the community aims to target and challenge attitudes and perceptions around young people. We complete multi-generational and conservation projects to provide young people the chance to give back to their community, and provide them with the chance to both challenge and change the stereotypes faced by young people today. Further, we work to support safer, more equal communities so local communities can thrive.
The WYA team runs projects throughout the year to engage a wide range of young people and help them to develop skills and confidence. Many of these projects involve the creative arts in areas such as graffiti art and rap music, and are generally aimed at reducing social exclusion and helping young people to develop and achieve their goals.
Our project officers go into schools and work with small groups of young people on a variety of topics, throughout the year groups. They also hold larger assemblies for year groups on more generic matters that young people can engage with.
Some of our project being taken into schools are:
Empowering Young Women
Ok to Talk
If you would like us to work with your young people at schools, clubs, alternative education facility etc., please contact us: email@example.com
Meet The Team
I’ve worked with WYA for just a few months and it has made quite an impact on my life. Working in the community is varied, interesting and has opened my eyes to the problems our young people are facing every day. If WYA can help them and make a difference to their lives, then it’s an honour to be involved.
Previously, I’ve worked in blue chip organisations as an Employee Engagement and Internal Communications Manager, so I enjoy the buzz around the office, working with the project officers and helping them help young people.
I have over five years of youth work experience, including working in young offenders’ establishment, am PTLLS qualified and hold a national youth mentor certification. I had a life changing experience in my early 20’s which empowered me to help others. I understand how easy it is for young people to be led astray and am now committed to helping others who may find themselves in similar situations, in making positive changes to their lives. I work with young people in grouping and mentoring in 1:1 situations.
I have been working for WYA for five years, I started as a project officer and am now a Senior Project Officer and Safeguarding Lead. Previously I was a manager at Education Youth Services working with young people who had been excluded from mainstream school. I’m extremely positive and see great potential in young people; I like to support them in reaching their goals and aspirations. I have boundless energy which is evidenced in my delivery of projects within WYA, e.g. Empowering Young Women, Girls’ Group and the Youth Council. I hold qualifications in mentoring, youth work, counselling, management and more. I enjoy working within a team and learning from those around me, drawing on differing experiences.
Keira Thomas – Moore
I have been a youth worker in the charity sector for 4½ years around both Hertfordshire and the North London area. In previous roles, I have worked with vulnerable and at-risk young people, and young people who require intrapersonal growth through delivery of various workshops and projects: art projects, life skills, entrepreneurial workshops, knife crime etc. This extended into working with adults and young people who were victims of crime using similar methods of delivery. I believe that every young person deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, despite any barriers they may face. My aim is to help every individual reach their full potential, allowing them to grow into positive members of the community.
Before joining WYA, my experience lay within the social work sector where I worked as a mentor for ‘looked after children’. Having supported a diverse group of young people from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures, I have a good knowledge of youth and development. My time in this field has been heavily focussed on mentoring and development, where I would provide a consistent and personable service, designed to assist vulnerable young people through challenging and testing times. I have been trained in a variety of prominent issues effecting today’s younger generation, together with detailed therapeutic training. Therapeutic training aims to support children and adolescents with developmental trauma. Within my role as project officer, my aim is to encourage and support young people in reaching their potential using a strength-based approach.