CHANGE CHAMPIONS

A LOCAL COLLECTIVE-IMPACT MODEL, WITH YOUNG PEOPLE LEADING THE AGENDA FOR YOUTH SUPPORT IN HARROW

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BECOME A YOUTH CHANGE CHAMPION

Are you aged between 15-21, and have lived-experience of needing support in either mental health; youth violence;inequalities; physical activity or employment

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JOIN THE CHANGE CHAMPION NETWORK

Are you a charity, business, school / college, community member that would like to be involved in supporting a pilot project?

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Meet the Change Champions

  • SAMY BENAFERI
    SAMY BENAFERI
    Change Champion Chair
    Samy is 19 studying at Queen Mary in London. He is chair of the Change Champions and has helped set up the group. Samy is passionate about helping young people in Harrow - especially those that are struggling to be inspired or find employment.
  • MATHURA PANCHADCHARASARMA
    MATHURA PANCHADCHARASARMA
    Deputy Chair of Change Champions
    Mathura is 17, studying locally for her A-levels. Mathura is passionate about improving mental health for young people in Harrow
  • ROXANA YAGHOOB
    ROXANA YAGHOOB
    Change Champion - Youth Violence
    Roxy is 17, working full time at local employment charity, Prospects. She hopes to pursue a legal career. Roxy has seen first-hand the damage and impact that youth violence can have on young people and their friends and family. She's passionate to have a voice so that organisations understand the real issues and driving forces behind youth violence, and play a part in developing solutions that work.
  • MARIA MIR
    MARIA MIR
    Change Champion - Mental Health
    Maria is a local advocate for mental health services in Harrow. She is studying locally in Harrow.
  • CAMERON SIMMS
    CAMERON SIMMS
    Change Champion - Mental Health
    Cameron is 16, studying locally for his A-levels. He wants to make sure the right support is available for young people in Harrow

CHAMPIONING AND EMPOWERING THE VOICE OF YOUNG PEOPLE

The YHF Change Champions are a dynamic group of 15-25 year olds with lived experience in our 5 key focus areas who are now working with a range of organisations and professionals to come up with solutions for young people across Harrow.

They want to hear from more young people through you, our members in a ‘media-style’ competition with the added incentive of the top 5 submissions being awarded a £50 voucher.

We simply need you to dedicate one of your regular sessions with young people to talk to them about their collective experience in the 5 key areas, what has worked for them, what the barriers are and what they think could change or make life better then allow them to do their thing and GET CREATIVE to produce and film a video, song, rap, photography or spoken word.

Then submit the creative pieces to us by noon on Thursday 21 November 2019.

To register your interest and receive a guidance pack or to request a YHF Change Champion to help you lead this session (this offer is limited) but hopefully most of you are well experienced in listening to your young people - simply click here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YHFMediaCompetition

(Please register by Tuesday 5th Nov.)

A note from our Change Champions

“We want to give the youth in our borough a voice to tell you why they think certain issues affecting them exists. Through our Needs Analysis, we found five issues that young people feel are most prominent in Harrow: Youth Violence, Mental & Emotional Wellbeing, Being Active, Accessing Employment Opportunities and Inequalities. We want to give young people the opportunity to explore these issues and express to us why they think these issues exist and what they believe are the causes of these issues through a medium of their choosing from the options we present them with. For example, a group of young people may choose to create a video or a poem and explain to us why issues around mental health exists.

We believe in tackling these issues that the voice of young people is integral and we want to make sure it is heard throughout our process which is why we would be grateful in the participation of your organisation and the young people within it.

We look forward to hearing back from you!"

The Work