Youth leadership has been integral to my career ever since my voluntary work during my time at university. I first volunteered at a Secondary School supporting children with behavioural difficulties, and then went on to volunteer with my local youth offending team.
Those experiences led me to an internship and eventually a full-time role at the Kids Company, providing support as a key worker to high-risk young people in my home city of London. The young people I worked with were involved in gangs, knife crime and serious youth violence.
From there, I went on to work as a coach and facilitator with young men in prisons, and also supported adult multi-agency public protection arrangement (MAPPA) high-risk offenders. In 2018 I also worked on a pilot county lines project funded by the Home Office.
Currently, I work with a wide range of young people. This includes those in challenging circumstances as described above. As well as young people on other paths such as those attending University, enrolled in leadership programmes, apprenticeships and/ or internship programmes.
In addition, I support professionals, mentors and other responsible adults to build the skills and confidence they need to effectively engage and work with the young people they support.
All of my experience has instilled within me some profound teachings about youth leadership, which I channel into my work concerning young people leading to positive outcomes.
Senior Service Coordinator (Young People/ The Call In)
Jeffrey delivered an emotive, reflective and thought provoking session which encouraged our young people and us as practitioners to explore our personal journeys, aspirations and emotional resilience. We were all blown away by the day, so much so it has become an imperative part of The Call In programme and something we hope all our young people and mentors have the opportunity to experience in the future.