Exciting Opportunity for Young People in Harrow

Hello!
 
Following the launch of the 'This is Harrow' report last summer, which so many of you helped to make a success, we are now underway with plans to facilitate  the changes young people have asked for. 
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Lots of you have been involved in consulting on these plans for a new partnership model in Harrow - and you will be hearing more about this soon. 
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But first, we are recruiting a team of 12 young champions (aged 15-25) to be at the very core of driving these changes and co-creating solutions for young people in Harrow. 
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We would love you to invite young people you are working with, to apply to be part of this unique opportunity. 
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They will be expected to commit to regular meetings over a year and represent the voice of their peers. In return they will receive ongoing training, mentoring and support. It will be a great experience for them to develop professional skills and have on their CV. 
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Applications are open NOW and will CLOSE at midday Monday 11th February
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Young people can find out more information, the benefits, and can apply to be a Change Champion here: https://youngharrowfoundation.org/change-champions
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The only criteria is that young people applying should have lived experience in one of the five themes that This is Harrow reported: 
  • Emotional Wellbeing / Mental Health (e.g. suffered  / suffering with anxiety, depression; lack of confidence; suicidal thoughts or poor mental health in any way)
  • Youth Violence (e.g. have been arrested, found themselves involved in cases of antisocial behaviour or have been a victim of youth violence)
  • Employment (e.g. have struggled, or struggling, to find employment; feeling / felt unsupported in their desired training / career path; feeling / felt lost or disillusioned about future job prospects)

  • Inequalities (e.g. finding / have found it difficult to access services because of: being disabled; being a young carer; being financially disadvantaged; being a young refugee / asylum seeker / migrant; being of ethnic minority groups; etc)

  • Physical Activity (e.g. young person felt/ feel there aren’t enough local opportunities to take part in, or improve their physical activity; if they have experienced or currently are obese or underweight)

Don't just take our word for it - below are some words from Mathura, aged 16 who has worked hard with her colleague Sami to set up the Change Champions opportunity:
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"Harrow Change Champions will let us, as young people, make a difference in Harrow - our Harrow. 
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This is an amazing opportunity for young people of Harrow to reform our neighbourhood into a place where we feel we have the support and resources to feel happier, healthier and safer. 
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Participating in this project has already helped me improve my confidence, my communication skills, and will be helpful as I explore further education or work. 
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It's helping me to define where I stand as a person. 
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Please encourage anyone you know to join us and be a Harrow Change Champion."
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Do get in touch directly with any questions or if you would like to have a chat about the project - I am on 0207 112 5337,
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Warmest wishes,
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Ceri