Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP) works in Islington, London to engage, inform and provide children and young people aged 7 to 25 with choices supporting their individual learning and personal development. Having started out 15 years ago as a grassroots local effort to tackle problems faced and expressed by local children and young people, we have developed into an established local charity with a strong track record, supported by a number of long-term funders.
Our Mission is to engage and inform children and young people aged 7-25 in order to provide them with choices supporting their individual learning and personal development.
As a unique youth project, CYP works in partnership with young people to create and sustain a positive youth culture that inspires its members to plan, initiate and, most importantly, lead on their projects. Through sports, arts, mentoring and enterprise, CYP engages, nurtures and progresses its members, encouraging a sense of community and belonging while providing new opportunities which help to raise both levels of achievement and aspirations.
The programme at CYP is a mix of innovative recreational activities with focused consultation included in the core timetable. This enables us to engage young people, setting the foundation to help and develop them in their areas of need. We build education and focused learning into the recreational activities, and after an initial period of engagement, we begin involving the young people in the evaluation of their own progress, which helps them to understand and therefore further their own development. This in turn creates leadership opportunities for young people, involving them at various levels in the decision making and running of activities at CYP.
Most of our beneficiaries come from the Caledonian and Barnsbury ward. This area contains six pockets of poverty (Super Output Areas) which are amongst the 20% most deprived areas nationally and are sandwiched between the new Kings Cross Central Development and the leafy roads of Barnsbury.
We are currently working with approximately 350 young people, who are broadly divided into three groups:
Group 1: children and young people who are engaged in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, most of whom are not in employment, education or training (NEET). This group represents approximately 30% of our members.
Group 2: children and young people who may or may not be in education, employment or training but are ultimately unsure of their future. This group represents approximately 40% of our members and is the largest group that we work with.
Group 3: children and young people who are motivated with high aspirations, enthusiasm and a desire to progress through education, training and employment. This group represents approximately 30% of our members.