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!”

Mardoche (26 years old)

“I am a CYP Volunteer who started coming to the project over 10 years ago. CYP means so much to me, it gives young people opportunities and supports them to do something special with their lives. CYP has opened so many doors for me. During all the years I have been with CYP I have become a mentor, then senior mentor and now I am a volunteer. I am so grateful to be part of CYP as it has helped me on the path to believe in myself and encouraged me to tell my story.”