Our Mission is to engage, inform and provide children and young people aged 7-25 with choices supporting their individual learning and personal development.
CYP is a unique youth project working in partnership with young people to create and sustain a positive youth culture that inspires children and young people to plan, initiate and lead their own projects. Through sports, arts, mentoring and enterprise CYP engages, nurtures and progresses children and young people providing new opportunities to help raise achievement and levels of aspiration.
CYP emerged 15 years ago, as a grass roots local effort to tackle problems faced and expressed by local children and young people. Established as a charity and company limited by guarantee in 2001, CYP developed an innovative approach to working with children and young people and has become the main provider of youth services in the Caledonian and Barnsbury Wards. Activities are carefully planned to ensure that they are not simply diversionary, but act as a vehicle to deliver more focused work to local children and young people. We aim to develop, build and sustain effective partnerships with other organisations to help strengthen provision, delivery and impact.
The programme at CYP is a mix 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.