Project information

Hackney Embracing Tolerance Youth Project

The aim of the Hackney Embracing Tolerance Youth Project is to promote mutual understanding and community cohesion by bringing together young people of different races, cultures and religious persuasions in schools and youth centres in Hackney.

March 2011 - March 2012

Charity information

Tolerance International UK

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  • Need


    The project is needed to counter a rise in religious and racial intolerance in British society that threatens to endanger social cohesion and our civic society if it continues to go unchecked. between 2008 and 2009, incidence of racially-motivated crime throughout Greater London rose by 6.5%. The increase was most pronounced in boroughs with a high number of ethnic minorities such as Hackney, experiencing a disproportionate amount of racially-motivated crime.


    We offer interactive sessions with young people encouraged to identify, appraise and challenge beliefs that harden inter-faith, race and community tensions. We have developed activities which are engaging and dynamic to ensure that the project can provide reactive and discursive forums in which young people can share their experiences of discrimination. Activities such as role play and image brainstorming are used to stimulate participants to discuss and evaluate the issues of intolerance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage young people in Hackney to identify and challenge racism and extremism.


    » Run workshops in one school and three youth clubs in Hackney to provide young people a forum to discuss and share their experiences of discrimination.

    Success will be reaching 1000 young people by running workshop to 5 classes or groups at 1 school and 4 youth clubs, to stimulate and encourage participants to discuss intolerance.

  • Impact


    Participants will develop an increased level of tolerance and appreciation of difference and diversity; they will use the skills gained in debate with peers and families in other contexts hence to influence and spread the message of tolerance in their community. We expect to recruit local volunteers to help the message to take root in communities. We will demonstrate success by collating participatory feedback, questionnaires and evaluation from youth club leaders, teachers and students.


    There are risks that young participants being non-cooperative and might cause disruption of the session. Different opinions among children might lead to violence and aggression. These risks can be dealt with appropriate guidance and supervision by our programme coordinator; using objective language when discussing sensitive issues; effective communication with youth club leaders and teachers in advance to ensure special care for children from different backgrounds or with special need.


    Donors will receive regular email updates and newsletters on the project progress and achievements. At the end of the project a final report will be submitted documenting achievements, progress, and project findings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,176

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,138 Staff Costs Programme Co-ordinators and Volunteer Supervisors delivering the workshops
      £5,038 Admin Costs Telephone, postage, website, advertising and publicity, materials, volunteer travel
  • Background


    The borough of Hackney has a high number of ethnic minorities such as Muslims and African-Caribbeans. Prejudice and the increase of racially-motivated crime in London was most pronounced in boroughs with large ethnic diversity such as Hackney. The Metropolitan Police Authority believes that there is a high level of underreporting in respect to hate crimes, particularly regarding levels of faith-hate crime.


    200 vulnerable 11-18 year old young people at 1 school and 4 youth clubs in Hackney are the main beneficiaries of the project. 7% of children experience discriminatory bullying on the basis of ethnicity, some with the experience impeding their personal development and career prospects. Groups of young people from the African-Caribbean community are more likely to be labelled as gangs or perceived to be criminal suspects than their white counterparts. Our project is needed to combat this trend.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pilots of the project have been very successful in other locations and interest from schools and youth centres is growing steadily. Feedback from partner organisations with which we have worked has been very positive. Quotes from youth leaders and participants including 'the programme delivers a vital part of young people's development and growth', and 'it was good to talk about these issues in my group because it is nice to know that there are other people experiencing the same thing as me.'

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jessica Jacobson

    Jessica is our Programme Coordinator. With her academic background and organisational skills she takes a vital role to design and deliver the project.

    Akan Udoh

    Akan is the Programme Officer who will actively assist the programme coordinator on organising and delivering the workshops.

    Francesca Pozzoli

    Francesca is the Volunteer Coordinator. She has a crucial role to recruit, train, and supervise the volunteers who will participate in each workshop.

plot of a play that our participants created

plot of a play that our participants created


helps to run the session in one youth club.