Case Study – Harry James (NE Youth Champion Volunteer)
“NE Youth has provided me with some fantastic opportunities to both develop myself as a person and bring about change on things that I’m passionate about. I first heard about NE Youth from the Internet Citizens Campaign with YouTube, which I was keen to get involved with, as a young person who uses the internet all of the time. After that, I heard about the Generation Code programme, and how they were looking to train people up as “Code Champions” to teach more young people to code. This was something I was very keen on helping out with as I found that my education with coding at school was rather limited. Programming looked incredibly scary at first but i have since fell in love with the creativity it enables and in fact, decided what it’s what I want to do going forwards now.
The thing is, if I never took that leap to learn it myself, I would have never gone down that route. As part of this programme, I travelled down to London and took part in a Hackathon at the Microsoft Generator Studios where we all worked together on a coding project. This was also when I was given an award for the National Code Champion of the Year! (Oh, and received a tablet for it too!). I hope that the Generation Code scheme can continue to break down the barriers people see with coding and hopefully inspire future generations and make them aware that the career path exists, and the industry is shouting out for people!
I also just recently got accepted onto the UK Youth Voice Board where I’ll be helping to make decisions on future programmes and speak as a voice of a young person on important topics at a national level and can’t wait to see what the future holds! NE Youth has helped me grow my confidence, I’ve met so many fantastic people and have been able to directly see the impact that my role has had on other people which is perhaps one of the most rewarding things of the entire experience”.
“Harry has been involved with NE Youth on a number of programmes throughout the year and is an extremely articulate young man with a lot to offer. He is extremely passionate about coding and enthusing others and he conveys this in every session. Harry is very dedicated and pro active champion and such a positive role model to young people. Keep up the fab work Harry – I know you will be a huge success!”
Louise Laws – Development Manager (NE Youth)
“Thank you so much to Louise and Harry for coming into our school yesterday; the children absolutely loved it and I did too! we had a blast with you both and can’t thank you enough for giving up your morning to visit us – we did love it!”
Claire McKinney – Head Teacher (Stampfordham Primary School)
Case Study – Chandi Handa (Streetgames Full Time Volunteer)
“I used to be the kid on the streets, getting into trouble and looking like I would never make anything of myself. I think I am in a great position to empathise and understand the issues that young people face, having been there myself. I want to give back to my community and give young people the help that I never got.
I have learnt so much since joining the NE Youth team and the relevance of adapting to our rapidly changing world. While the difficulties facing young people remain the same, the context alters making them more vulnerable. The sessions I have been involved in are relevant and appropriate to our changing world.
I’ve been surprised that the young people we are working with are from such a varied and broad walk of life. They each bring different challenges that I want to be able to support them through.
I would love to be able to continue delivering sessions on safety in my local community. I think it’s important to be involved and have a good understanding of local issues as advice can then be more relevant. At the present time, I am keen to try lots of different areas before specializing in any single area, if I do at all.”
“Chandi is a fantastic addition to the NE Youth team. Her passion and energy know no bounds and she quickly builds rapport with young people and team members. She is a brilliant role model for young people, having faced personal challenges herself and successfully conquered them. I’m grateful that, through Streetgames, we are able to offer opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience to people like Chandi who have so much to offer our sector.”
Sara Newson – Youth Work Manager (NE Youth)