Project information

YMCA Unique

Unique - is a project that will enable young people to explore their identity and develop their characters. It will primarily help young girls/women (aged 10-16) understand their unique contribution to their communities. Building solid foundations to make wise choices and live in freedom to do so

Ongoing

Charity information: Eastbourne And Wealden Young Men's Christian Association

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  • Need

    Need

    Through our work with Young People we have found that many live with a sense of, 'this is as good as it gets'. They have a poor self-image, lack hope and have limiting beliefs about their future. They struggle to find their own unique identity and as a result live to copy others rather than forging their own paths. This tied with the constant pressure to be 'something else', or picture perfect forces many to a road of depression and unable to lift themselves up.

    Solution

    Unique has been designed around four key principles to solve these identity issues: 1) Discover - their identity as a unique individual, created for greatness and totally irreplaceable. 2) Break -cycles of poor self-image, lack of hope and limited expectations for the future. 3) Freedom - to express themselves in a safe and healthy way with confidence and self-assurance. 4) Framework - to ‘swim against the tide’, make wise, positive life changes and be free to choose a path that suits the

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Discover their identity as a unique individual, created for greatness and totally irreplaceable.

    Activities

    » Through interactive teaching and discussion sessions. Looking at connections, friendships and unrooting why we think the way we do.

    Evaluations and Interviews with the young people about how they feel. Interview teachers/parents/guardians to accertain any changes in the young people.


    Aim 2

    Break generational cycles of poor self-image, lack of hope and limited expectations for the future

    Activities

    » Using classroom based activities to start young people dreaming. Based around the IF I HAD....I WOULD questions to reveal dreams and hopes.

    Using these two key questions of the workers/teachers/parents/guardians - Do the Young People now have a dream for the future? Do they have a vision of what could be?


    Aim 3

    Freedom to express themselves in a safe and healthy way with confidence and self-assurance.

    Activities

    » Developing opportunities for the young people to develop the sessions. Encouraging feedback and reflections to shape the future of the group.

    Interview with Young People - do they feel they are able to do this. Again peer feedback and teacher/parent/guardian interviews to monitor their progress.


    Aim 4

    Framework to ‘swim against the tide’, make wise, positive life changes.

    Activities

    » Initial questions based around - how confident are you to make wise positive changes/choices? Use this questionairre at the start and the end.

    End of Sessions interview. Catch up interview in 3months, 6months and 1 year. Encouraging communication with Young People through email and social media as they pursue their dreams


  • Impact

    Impact

    Imagine a place where young people dreamed again. Where they dared to believe that there could be peace where they live. Where generations came together to listen, to learn and to live. Imagine a group of young people who so understood who they were, they became the community makers, rather than the trouble makers. YMCA Unique gives us an opportunity to explore this. In our role, we know what happens in our town, we will monitor area panels, statistics and events to see the impact of our groups.

    Risk

    The project relies on good communication and relationship with the schools and communities - We keep our word and are authentic in our delivery, we invest in relationships.

    One passionate worker - illness, change in life could derail this. We will train and pass on the vision to birth more passionate workers/volunteers that can carry on the work.

    Funding - the young people we work with need consitancy and we would need year on year funding. Seek donations from schools and other grants

    Reporting

    We will provide two news updates each year, giving numbers reached, groups run, quotes from the young people and a general report of activities undertaken.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Project Worker Salary Salary to expand the work
      £1,000 Training & Resources New syllabus, training days, empowering staff
      £1,000 Admin Office Rental, Central Costs (inc. Insurance), Telephone,

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    GEM £12,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Eastbourne & East Sussex area. Primarily through Schools, Community Centres, and through our partnership network.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people aged between 10 and 16 from a wide variety of backgrounds and upbringings. In partnerships with schools and communities to identify those we could help. The beauty of the project is that it can help all abilities and ages.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    When George Williams brithed the YMCA in 1844 he did so as he identified the lack of hope and future in many of the young boys working in the inudstrial ages. This has been the major thrust of the YMCA since that point. We as a charity have imbibed that thought process and have been delivering young peoples work since 1984 seeing many lives changed. We have invested in Eastbourne - we know this area and can see a need to have young people better understand who they are and what they can be.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Julie Smith

    YMCA Unique Project Manager

    Steve Blundell

    Deputy CEO - Communites