Case Studies

Brandon (19 years old)

“I started attending Copenhagen Youth Project in 2008 aged 7 after some of my friends in the neighborhood recommended it. Over the years, I have been involved in various activities, football tournaments and trips. As I got older I started to take part in outreach projects such as ‘stop and search’ which helped me to stay on the right path. In 2013, I secured a work experience placement with CYP and started to understand much more about what CYP do and how they offer young people support. This motivated me to become a Youth Mentor.”

“Most recently I have been employed part-time with Theo the Finance Officer to cover maternity leave for the admin assistant. This has been insightful as I now understand CYP is not only a youth project but a business, staff work tirelessly to apply for funding to keep the project open, they must report to funders on all projects. CYP is a place I have called home for many years, I have grown up here, it’s my second family, its where I feel safe, comfortable, supported and it’s a place I can be myself.”

Abel (19 years old)

“I first started at CYP aged 9 and became a CYP mentor aged 16. I participated in many consultation events they helped me to respect others and also to understand how we all see things differently. I was supported to develop my interview skills and got a job as an estate agent. I now work in Dubai!”

Moses (23 years old)

“I came to CYP aged 9 and I wanted to become an actor. I was always self-confident, but lacked focus and was distracted by football etc. CYP encouraged and helped me to realise my potential. I received a casting opportunity to be on Youngers on Channel 4, and got the role! From this opportunity I have now starred in many plays, TV shows etc. getting more and more roles. I now try and use my experience to support CYP and lead on all acting/drama projects”

Jessie (23 years old)

“From the age of 9 I played football and participated in the broader CYP programme over the past 2 years. I spent a lot of time at CYP working on my employability skills, and received finance work experience at CYP with Theo. They also helped me to do an apprenticeship with Islington Council. I had a potential job opportunity at Red Bull but was unsure whether I wanted move on and lacked the confidence to go for it. CYP encouraged me to apply, I got the role and I’m now doing well at Red Bull!”

Levi Strive Gordon (22 years old)

“I came to CYP at the age of 9 mainly playing Football and engaging in art project’s. I’m now concentrating on my music because CYP has encouraged me to pursue my dream. Last year I toured Europe with a band and I’m performing at Glastonbury this year! Thank you CYP!”