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What makes a good rolemodel?

28 Jan

We asked Reachout UK’s year 11’s – what is a role model to you?

INSPIRE – Living a successful life, inspire to succeed, positive, ambitious, good image, take pride in their lives, self confident, leads by example, unique, charismatic, good sense of humor, believe in your dreams, turn your life around

Be STRONG – disciplined, courageous, hard working, principles, know right from wrong, honest, know how to deal with problems, morals, does what they say, out spoken, not care if people have negative perceptions of you

SUPPORTIVE – Loyal, selfless, understanding, you can relate to them, respects others, kindness, helps without charge

My Friend Ahmed ” used to be a bad boy, bad footballer, but then he began to focus and now he plays for West Ham, Charlton & Fulham”

” Ahmed chose to focus on football, gave up gangs and became more quiet and focused.  He was close to being locked up and now he stops fights when he used to start them.”

” He had two sides and one was very angry but now he’s changing other people and no one judges him any more and i still see him every day!”

Ahmed is Dylan’s rolemodel and he along with Sam from ReachOut is helping Dylan keep his focus up at school and particularly Math, English and Sports

Thanks to ReachOut and you’re lovely mentors

WATCH role model / anti gang videos by IAM a Staying Safe group of amazing young people from Acland Burghley

What is a rolemodel?

Finally – here’s an amazing role model in my eyes..


What’s it like to join a leadership programme?

20 Oct

Read this blog from 22 year old Rowan for a first hand account

For six months prior to my current role, I volunteered with City Year full-time in a primary school. The level of responsibility was immense; the children would confide in us any problems that they would have. This was definitely an amazing experience for me.

To tell you a bit about myself, it was slightly over a year ago that I graduated from university with a degree in English. I left university extremely unfocussed and unsure of what my next step would be.

After a brief spell of experimentation with trying to gain entry into various job sectors, I quickly realised that it was a waste of time trying to pursue jobs that I had little or no interest or passion for. I decided to join City Year because I recognised that it would allow me to step into a world that was completely alien to me. I had never volunteered or worked with children before. The reason for my decision was that I thought the experience would allow me to uncover hidden depths in myself.

In those six months I learnt more than I could possibly have imagined as well as gaining some direction as to which way my life was heading.

In the schools, we had an active involvement in the playground as well as the running of activities throughout the day and after school.
What was really good about volunteering with City Year is that we had a huge amount of freedom as to the types of activities we could run as well as developing our own teaching methods to use.

The school allowed a colleague of mine and I to organise and run a listening exercise for a short period in the day. This was received well with the school and the children. We also developed and ran two concurrent after school art clubs, one for the younger children (5-7 years old) and one for the older children (5-11 years old).

When I was offered to return to City Year for an additional year, the decision was difficult for me because of the level of commitment that it would entail. However, I think that a part of me knew that I really did want to stay on after the amazing experience I had had the year before. I would hugely recommend volunteering with City Year to anyone who wants to develop themselves as a leader in our society, as well as acquiring some extremely valuable experience mentoring children.

Being a volunteer at City Year also has many other advantages, for example there are many opportunities to interact with our corporate sponsors at training sessions as well as various other functions. If you are interested in recruitment there are also many opportunities to get involved.

This year we will be having a mid-year volunteer intake to coincide with our move into a school in Tottenham. For more information phone 02070142680 or email:

To find out more about other leadership schemes read more here

Exciting new project coming your way soon…!

25 Mar

Hey there Team YH World!

I hope you are all well. It’s been a while indeed but I can assure you that all is well.  We have moved offices and have grown over the past couple of months. There is a larger team in the offices at all times now; thus enabling us to keep providing you with positive information and great opportunities!

I have been a busy bee (as always) as well. Check out what I have been up to in the other branches of my blog:

Once you’ve had your fill of that, make sure you check the latest news and features on the YH! World site so that you don’t miss anything good 🙂

On a more exclusive note, by the end of this coming week, we at YH! will be launching our new project: ‘Young and Brilliant’ . This will be a celebration of young talents within the capital, who are working hard and making their way up the ladder of their ambition. With the help of a series of Video blogs, we will follow the journeys of a rapper; a journalist and photographer; a television presenter; a very talented make-up artist; a kick-boxer who is going places; a young entrepreneur; and a set of dancers who are currently touring the UK!

There is plenty of talent to be found in our city and despite all the negative media coverage and the difficult economic, political and social climate, young people are still ambitious.  And we at YH! want to be there at every step to celebrate with them when thy finally do reach their goals and get to wherever it is they strive to go.

So basically my lovelies, stay tuned!

Much love for now!



Siana. Over and out.

Young Achievers Award 2011

24 Mar

Young Achievers Awards 

On the 23rd March we were invited to the Young Achievers Awards, Young Achievers is an organisation delivered by the Young Achievers Trust, a vibrant and dynamic youth-led organisation. They have over 100 young volunteers that can take part in photography, branding, fund raising, marketing, journalism and judging. The Trust led by a Trustee Board of 12 young people.

We didn’t know what to expect at first but it turned out to be very inspiring. Continue reading

First Light presents…WeVee film comp

12 Jan

Want your work to be viewed by industry experts? Do you want to
see your short film screened at the Odeon in Leicester Square? Are you aged between 15-25 years old?  Then WeVee’s film comp is the opportunity for you. WeVee is a website which allows aspiring filmmakers to edit film footage online using their provided clips and sound tracks. The site was created with the purpose to give young filmmakers a taster of editing and also help them to generate ideas.

First Light is inviting filmmakers to edit short films which will consist of this year’s nominated films which have already been uploaded by First light on the WeVee website along with music provided by Cinephonix. Hopefuls short films will be saved and stored on the WeVee website and automatically entered into the competition. Entrants have the chance to see their work screened at the 2011 First Light awards show on 15th March. Expect to see your favourite television and film stars at the red carpet bash.

The closing date to enter your work is Friday 14th February. The top three chosen films will be shown on the First Light site and the winner will be decided by the public vote. The top three finalists will all be invited to attend the awards show, where the winning film will open the Awards ceremony. Yh users jump on board.

London Ambassadors

2 Dec

Whats up guys , I have just found out this new scheme called the London ambassadors. It is a new scheme which has been run by the government, to help enthusiastic people Who have a passion for London.

As every one is aware, the London Olympics is in 2012.
This scheme would enable 8,000 people , to become the friendly face of London. By assisting people on directions, on where they need to go. Also help people to find tourist attractions, their way around london and also their way to the Olympic site. I have signed up !! you should to !!

Inside volunteering

17 Dec

Want to know what volunteerings like? Ask a volunteer!

Faeezah Hussain
Volunteered for: vinvolved East London Youth Action Team (YAT) 2008-2009

I started volunteering as part of the Youth Action Team in October 2008 in my first year of A Level, and quite frankly underestimated the opportunity. If I was to know that in a year’s time, this team who I knew little about (at the time) would be well into planning our third community project, I wouldn’t have believed it.

The masses of new skills I have learnt during my time with the YAT were portrayed in the execution of our first event, ‘Million’. We made known to our community just a fraction of the opportunities that our boroughs and their organisations have to offer. From the representation of CLAPA to the Jujitsu Club, pretty much every department was covered. The feedback we received showed that people were really impressed by the fact that the event was carried out by the young people of the community and gave every other young person the impression that ‘If they can do it, we can too’. Watch the video

My experience has also equipped me with the skills and qualities to deal with people and situations I never thought I could. The confidence I gained, for example, has encouraged me to teach English to children in deprived parts of East London. The creative, organisational and communication skills, along with professionalism and appreciation of different cultural values, have prepared me to survive working life and handling a degree in Law. And to add to all of that, I’ve been given the opportunity to work a professional, as well as a volunteer at the Changemakers office in London!