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Thanks for your support at UCD

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Thanks to everyone who sponsored Universal Children’s Day and came down to Pop Brixton.

Celebrating youth diversity and identity, we heard from 2 of the poetry competition winners; Riley Bo Russell who read her winning poem ‘My Story’ and Abi Forrest, the runner-up with ‘Never Irreparably Broken’.

Performances on the day from Ellesha Ross & Nathaniel with their singing / beat-boxing mash up; south London rapper Bully and spoken word artist She Speaks True provided a good variety of entertainment for the audience.

Kazeem from UK group Rough Copy encouraged people to have a dream but to make sure they set goals to work towards in order to make that dream come alive.

The theme of the 2016 poetry competition was set on the very relevant topic of ‘War & Peace’. Details on how to enter can be found here

Footage of the event will be posted soon

Press Release – UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY WILL BE POPPING IN BRIXTON

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UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY WILL BE POPPING IN BRIXTON

 

To commemorate Universal Children’s Day on 20th November, Youth in Excellence will be hosting a free arts and performance based event at Pop Brixton, Lambeth. (49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ)

Youth in Excellence, a London-based social enterprise, ran a competition for 11 to 19-year-olds earlier in the year on the theme of identity and the best entries were selected to be featured in the organisation’s first book entitled ‘Identity – The Anthology’ which they self-published in June.

Kay Oldroyd, director of Youth in Excellence, said “The content and quality of the poems that we received was outstanding. What struck us was the maturity in which these young people tackled issues such as mental health; special needs; race; family; immigration and societal stereotypes.”

With the theme of identity continuing, this will be the focus for November’s event which will be hosted by the charismatic duo Solomon and Mahamed of Brixton Soup Kitchen who are also one of the Community Sponsors. During the day, the competition winners will share their winning poems with the audience and receive their prizes. There will be guest speakers including Kazeem from UK RnB group Rough Copy (X-Factor), beat-boxing and singing performances, games, giveaways and the launch of the 2016 poetry competition.

Sol and Mah Ellesha Ross Kaz She Speaks True

“At a time where there is international concern and many conversations taking place about identity, immigration and refugees, we’re excited to be able to bring people together in a way that celebrates the richness and diversity of our communities.” said Medina Harrison, Project Manager

The Universal Children’s Day event will run from 11am – 2.30pm. Free tickets for schools, youth groups, community organisations etc are available from www.youthinexcellence.com

The book ‘Identity – The Anthology’ is on sale at www.youthinexcellence.com/anthology for £8.96. Organisations, schools and charities who wish to order 15 or more copies will receive a discount.

There are sponsorship opportunities available and interested parties should contact

Kay Oldroyd at info@youthinexcellence.com or call 020 3490 3883 / 07415 874 770.

 

Youth in Excellence are a London based community interest company who offer personal development services, initiatives and training to young people, families, schools and communities.

 

A serving of Brixton Soup Kitchen at UCD

Solomon and Mahamed seen here with Joanna Lumley

We’re delighted to announce that Universal Children’s Day will be hosted by the dynamic duo Solomon and Mahamed of Brixton Soup Kitchen.

Solomon and Mahamed seen here with Joanna Lumley

Brixton Soup Kitchen is a grassroots organisation helping homeless people and Londoners in need. It was founded by Solomon Smith, a youth worker and lifelong Brixtonian, when he realised that there was a desperate need for such an organisation. 

Since starting in January 2013, over 10,000 meals have been served to those in need.

soupA recent fund raising event in Brixton

But serving more than just food, the organisation offers CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits.

Brixton Soup Kitchen are one of the Community Sponsors at this year’s Universal Children’s Day event.

YiE director receives UnLtd Spark Award

Youth in Excellence director Kay Oldroyd has recently received an UnLtd Spark Award.

“Dear Kay, 

Congratulations! You have been granted a Santander Spark Award. 

We are really excited that you want to share your knowledge and experience with your peers. We have found that peer networks can seed some of the most powerful support out there for emerging social entrepreneurs, and we are really pleased that you want to be part of this…”

UnLtd Spark Awards support leading social entrepreneurs to help other social entrepreneurs in the UK.

“Inspired social entrepreneurs are uniquely placed to reach out, motivate and inspire their peers into action. We’re supporting a national movement of people who can pass on their own skills and experience gained from establishing or supporting a social venture. We can offer support, advice and resources to make this happen.” – UnLtd

The SSE Club Kay has founded ‘The Successful Social Entrepreneur’s Club’ and will be working with a number of people who want to start or who have just started a social enterprise and need practical and emotional support to grow their business, as well regular access to a network of informed and likeminded people.

Click here to find out how to join The Successful Social Entrepreneur’s Club

Meet ‘Identity’ competition winner Riley Bo Russell

Thursday 25th June 2015

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Today, Youth in Excellence director Kay Oldroyd and Project Manager Medina Harrison went to Queens Park Community School in the borough of Brent to meet the identity competition winner Riley Bo Russell who is in year 7.

Riley Bo Russell, competition winner

Riley Bo Russell, competition winner

Her poem ‘My Story’ received wonderful praise from the judge Mrs Patricia Oliver (BA English, Literature & Lingustics; DipEd)

“The winning poem ‘My Story’ written by Riley Bo Russell is written in a contemporary style and explores the theme of identity with an understanding of what identity means to the writer and shares these ideas in a somewhat simplistic form which makes the poem easy to read and allows the reader to share the poet’s feelings. 

With the use of rhyme and repetition, the poem has a catchy rhythm and along with the more or less equal length verses, allows the theme of identity to be developed.

The reader is encouraged to want to know more about this identity and makes comfortable reading.  This is a beautifully written poem and deserves the first prize.”

 

Riley was joined by her extended English group teacher Sue Wales, who has been teaching since 1962 and although now retired comes back to the school once a week to work with the gifted and talented students.

Riley Bo Russell and Sue Wales

 

Riley was informed about the identity poetry competition in the autumn term of 2014 when she was fairly new at the school. The extended English group were given the task for homework and she worked on her composition for about an hour each day when she got home from school.

 

“When we were given the topic of identity I really had no idea what I would write about” said Riley remembering back to last year “The examples that we were given in class didn’t really have an effect on me because I don’t see myself as unique or having a special story to tell; I just felt kind of ‘normal’ and saw myself as the same as everyone else. I don’t even think that I’m in a position to tell what my identity is yet – I haven’t worked it out!

Although just 11 years old and coming to the end of year 7, Riley speaks with a maturity and understanding beyond her years and this was evident when she spoke about the possible challenges of getting to know different kinds of people.

“My school is very multi-cultural and multi-faith and I love that. Here, we don’t focus on how we are all different. We just accept one another and see more how we are similar.”

Riley Bo Russell and YiE director Kay Oldroyd

Riley Bo Russell and YiE director Kay Oldroyd

 

Riley not only excels in English but she also loves performing and creative arts as well as sports.

She is focused on working as hard as she can to get really good grades. “It’s too early to know what I want to do as a career, but I want to be able to pick the GCSE subjects that will definitely help me in the future.”

 

 

When asked what her family said when she told them that she had won the competition, Riley laughed “They were proud, but not really surprised. I don’t want that to sound big-headed though!”

No, it just sounds like they have great expectations of you Riley, as you have already shown just how much talent you have!

Read ‘My Story’ and the other brilliant poems by ordering your copy of ‘Identity – The Anthology’ AS-Buy-the-Book-Button

Kay Oldroyd, Riley Bo Russell, Medina Harrison and Sue Wales

Kay Oldroyd, Riley Bo Russell, Sue Wales and Medina Harrison YiE Project Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘My Story’ by Riley Bo Russell, year 7 Queens Park Community School, Brent.

I’m a girl aged eleven,

Here I am, in year seven.

I am a story, waiting to be told.

Just watch my identity unfold

 

I am a song, yet to be sung.

I am a race, still to be run.

I am a voice, yet to be heard.

I am a passion, still to be stirred.

 

I will express my views though the arts,

Creating rhythms and thriving hearts.

Culture surrounds me,

Music defines me.

 

I am a flag not yet unfurled.

I am a girl still to wonder the world.

I don’t know what I’ll become,

For the future has not yet begun. 

 

I am a story,

Waiting to be told.

Who knows how life will unfold.

I am in year seven,

Just a girl of eleven.

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Press Release – Young People Challenging Who They Are

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London, 17th June 2015

Contact: Director – Kay Oldroyd / 07908 258 681 / kayoldroyd@youthinexcellence.com

 

YOUNG PEOPLE CHALLENGING WHO THEY ARE

 

Young people from across the UK have had their poems published in a new book.

Youth in Excellence, a London-based social enterprise, ran a competition for 11 to 19-year-olds on the theme of “identity” and the best entries were selected to be featured in a publication, entitled Identity – The Anthology.

Kay Oldroyd, director of Youth in Excellence, said “The content and quality of the poems that we received was outstanding. What struck us was the maturity in which these young people tackled issues such as mental health; special needs; race; family; immigration and societal stereotypes.

“I would encourage parents, education professionals, youth and faith leaders and anyone who has a genuine interest in the well-being and development of youth to invest in a copy of the book.”

Identity – The Anthology is a collection of powerful words and poems which raises the question of “Who Am I?” The theme of identity can cause debate, conflict and tears within us as individuals and also outside in society. Being labelled and categorised, fitting in with stereotypes and pre-conceived ideas and judgements, it can be very difficult to find the real ‘Me’/ the real ‘You’.

This book however, brings a refreshing insight into the young, creative minds of today. Although faced with daily challenges and battles, they demonstrate a strong sense of compassion, justice, fairness and equality. With the cultural landscape of the UK changing, diversity is becoming the bedrock of future generations and the impact on their identity an interesting sociological aspect.

Youth in Excellence have designed a series of workshops for schools to use the book as a tool to create awareness and discussion around some of the issues facing young people and has a strong link to the PSHEE school curriculum.

On November 20, the group will host an event in London for Universal Children’s Day which will see the finalists of the poetry competition read out their poems and receive prizes, along with an art exhibition, musical performances and guest speakers.

 

Notes to editor:

* Youth in Excellence are a London based community interest company who offer personal development services, initiatives and training to young people, families, schools and communities. Information available at www.youthinexcellence.com

* The book ‘Identity – The Anthology’ is on sale at www.youthinexcellence.com/anthology for £8.96 + p&p. Organisations, schools and charities who wish to order 15 or more copies can receive a discount. Email info@youthinexcellence.com

* The school workshops will begin in September 2015. Request information and rates from info@youthinexcellence.com

* PSHE: Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 such a curriculum must:

  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

Closing date for poetry competition is 21st March!

If you still haven’t sent in your poetry entry for the ‘Identity’ competition with the chance to have your piece published in our forthcoming anthology – what are you waiting for?!

We need to receive your entries by 21st March 2015 which is #WorldPoetryDay

Please download the guidelines (PDF) from the page here and send the entries to info@youthinexcellence.com

Be sure to @yiexcellence #Identity # WorldPoetryDay too!

 

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9:10 Publishing – sponsors of the Literary Arts category

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“9:10 Publishing is a UK-based independent publishing company which was set up in 2012 with one aim in mind: to share our passion for the written word.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to read books that entertain, inform and enlighten. We publish a range of books with a specific focus on youth, business and community.

In 2014 we published our groundbreaking book Letters to a Young Generation, a collection of 13 letters to the next generation of men.

In 2016 we will be releasing two more books in the series – More Letters to a Young Generation and Letters to a Young Generation of Girls.”