Our #Youth Leaders programmes ran throughout 2016 in Southwark and Salford respectively. Building on our wider youth programmes, our staff in both regions selected a group of young people from their core programmes and gave them the opportunity to run programmes for their peer networks.
The Southwark programme was funded by Big Lottery Funds Awards for All initiative and enabled RFFs recently trained young people to run their own Youth Leaders programmes, largely focusing on grass-roots football, for local young people (14-19 years) from July to March.
The Salford programme was funded by Tony Lloyd Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. Up here, our Youth Leaders ran skateboarding, parkour and dance programmes from July to January for their peers.
Both regions involved volunteering and training programmes for the next generation of young people. These initiatives not only provided a platform of work experience for our newly qualified coaches, they gave us the opportunity to further test and refine our youth leadership intervention model.