Project 4 Youth Empowerment (P4YE) are a South London based organisation that support young people and families, trying to lead them to bright futures. Our ethos is, ‘Empower & Engage’, and we use our skill sets and experience to speak to our young people in a way that they find relatable. We have built many positive relationships with the professional services to bridge the gap between them and the communities that we serve. We provide 1:1 and Group Mentoring, Advocacy, Parental Support, and a range of services to help to try and foster a better tomorrow for our community.
Project 4 Youth Empowerment (P4YE) is a Community Interest Company born by four friends who became tired of constantly speaking about issues impacting young people negatively, so they decided to do something about it.
Concerned about the number of young people involved in, or on the verge of criminality, unemployed, or not in education or training, our team decided to try to change the narrative by dedicating tailored programmes for young people.
We assist young people and families by offering a range of support such as group and 1:1 mentoring, online workshops, case study workshops, a weekly youth club, advocacy, and signposting to other professional services.
Prevention, intervention, and diversional work is at the forefront of what we do and what we aim for with our young people.
We have been trained in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and work to resolve instances that can often lead to situations of serious youth violence by using our bespoke methods.
Our team has many years of experience working with young people in a variety of settings such as youth work, teaching, specialised gang work, outreach work and working with young people with special educational needs (SEN). We also have experience in leadership, project management and media, and we use our skill sets when developing projects and programmes.
What do we do?
P4YE takes a holistic approach to the current issues surrounding disenfranchised young people. We believe it is important to support the parents alongside the young person to improve the wellbeing of the family, and to do that, we provide parents and carers with safe spaces where they can speak freely without judgement and get the help they require.
To assist their development, we offer young people support in education, employment, or training and through our Youth Empowerment programme, we deliver workshops that teach life skills and focus on setting goals, changing behaviour, and realising potential.
The dedication and passion towards working with young people in the community have brought the individuals from P4YE together. P4YE are dedicated to reducing instances of school exclusions incidents of serious youth violence and exploitation, which can lead to criminality, by engaging young people in ways that give them a chance to flourish positively and brings them away from the margins of society. Our holistic approach benefits the individual, the family, and the community, by engaging and empowering.
We deliver informal education in schools, and we take direct referrals from the Metropolitan Police, Social Services, Leaving Care Teams and Youth Offending Services.
What will your donation do?
Croydon is our home, and we saw five young people murdered on the streets of Croydon in 2021. One serious incident affects our young people, whether it be serious youth violence, domestic abuse or criminality. Our team has built up a strong network amongst the Education services and schools to widen our delivery across both primary and secondary educational establishments.
We all know that young people need to be educated from Primary School age about the dangers in the community and who and where to turn to in a time of need. However, there is a lack of funding available to these schools. By donating to us, it will allow us to widen our scope and be able to deliver our projects in these schools to help foster a brighter community.
One education advisor wrote the following about our work, ‘They have done a really great job of sequencing their curriculum to touch on so many of the statutory PSHE factors we have to consider in schools. From online safety to healthy relationships, consent, girls in gangs, county lines, identity, knife crime, stop and search etc. Their curriculum revolves around a case study of a young person who faces these complex challenges - the sessions are therefore done like episodes of a TV series (so engaging for the students each week!) As part of the course, they bring in a working Barrister as well as Police colleagues to tie in all angles.
In addition to this they offer mentoring, parent education, summer trips, NEET support, financial literacy sessions and they run a youth podcast.
They are flexible in how things are delivered and really tailor it to what the school needs are. I've been really impressed with what they have to offer. Being a Vice Principal of a large all through Academy myself I know how difficult it can be to decipher and quality assure external provision. P4YE really have developed a thoughtful, effective and well-delivered programme that not only hits the PSHE requirements but also touches on so many of the elements Ofsted are really drilling down on under the new framework.’
Please visit our website at www.p4ye.co.uk to see a snapshot of the work that we do. Thank you for your ongoing support.