We are delighted to be working with the fantastically talented local songstress Channy Thompson who is taking on the role of NE Youth’s, Young Ambassador.

Channy became involved with us after being spotted by our CEO, Jon Niblo, whilst she was working with and performing for one of our member organisations.  After witnessing her brilliant talents on stage, he arranged a meeting with her to discuss how they could support each other.

Jon soon discovered that Channy was not only an amazingly talented singer, but she was also driven and ambitious and had such a positive attitude that he knew she would be perfect for the role of Young Ambassador for NE Youth. A core requirement of the Young Ambassador position is to be a positive role model for the young people we work with and she is certainly that!

Channy is at the beginning of what we all know will be a spectacular career in music and has already headlined many events and toured with some well-known artists such as Sigala, Olly Murs, Scouting for Girls and many more.

2018 has a lot in store for Channy.  She is booked for nationwide Summer Festivals, including 5 appearances on main stages, and is collaborating with high end producers in London on her original music.

We are so excited to be working with Channy as she takes on her next milestone, headlining her very own show at the Metro Radio Arena on 17th December 2018. She is the first unsigned artist to do this EVER!!  Half of the profits made from the event will be donated back to NE Youth to enable us to strengthen our valuable work with members and young people.

As Young Ambassador, Channy plays an active role in promoting the work of NE Youth and is always keen to support us and our members by appearing at our events and by getting involved in the work we carry out with and for young people.  She has performed at our annual Projects with Pride event – this year she even went a step further and hosted the entire evening (and did a fantastic job!).  She is a regular at our Starbucks Youth Action Employability Programme, where she spends time with young people talking about her journey from a disadvantaged background to headlining gigs across the country. She is a real inspiration to them.  

Channy tells us that she feels extremely honoured to play an active role in the charity.  She said “it is important that the youngsters within our region have somewhere to turn, whether they need encouragement, advice, help or training; and NE Youth ensures that they receive this.  By speaking at events and getting involved at workshops such as the Starbucks Youth Action Employability Programme, I have personally had the experience of reaching out to young individuals who may be struggling to find motivation in their life. It is incredibly rewarding to play a part in helping them realise the qualities and skills they have and to ensure them that they are more worthy than they may think. I stand by my moral of “being the person I needed when I was younger” to others. I feel privileged to be in a position to represent an organisation that shines so much positive light on the youth of today.”