The Youth Almighty Project was set up in 2008 in the Silksworth ward in Sunderland to provide children and young people with structured activities in a safe space.
The project began as Silksworth Junior Club which met once a week. Eight years later the project has taken over a larger, bright community venue, with an all-weather sports pitch providing organised activities every day of the week.
Youth Almighty’s vision is to support, inspire and encourage young people to grow and achieve their full potential. They help children, young people and families make positive and constructive choices, gain skills and build their emotional competence to help them learn from experiences. Many of the young people who access the project face multiple barriers to achieving their potential, lack confidence and have low self-esteem.
From the beginning young people have been actively involved in all decision making through regular consultation and involvement in the youth committee to ensure that the service meets their changing needs.
Virgin Money Foundation awarded Youth Almighty £31,190 to set up and run a 12 week employability programme, ‘Positive Experiences’, designed to prepare and progress young people into employment. The project will support young people from the local community to overcome some of the barriers and obstacles which prevent them from accessing sustainable employment, to learn to set realistic goals, communicate effectively, develop new skills and build self-confidence.
On receipt of the award Joanne Laverick, Project Manager said:
"Youth Almighty Project are delighted to receive an award from the Virgin Money Foundation to support vulnerable young people who are not in education, employment or training. The award will make a great difference to the lives of young people from the local community. We are looking forward to starting the project and making a positive difference to the lives of the young people."