Last February, 3 young men were stabbed in Camden in 1 night, 2 fatally. As a result, Camden Giving, members of our co-working space, Camden Collective, starting fundraising for a fund with a twist - all the decisions would be made by young people who have experience of life’s challenges.
With our sister organisation, Euston Town BID, we have collectively put £20k worth of funding towards this vital project. By investing in this, we are trusting and empowering young people who don’t get trusted with money and power enough.
Camden Giving’s 10 Future Changemakers, who all live in the borough of Camden and are aged between 16-25 years old, wanted their peers to have more positive role models and improved awareness of mental health issues.
Following the programme, 2 of Camden Giving’s Future Changemakers who were previously unemployed or underemployed, have received employment through connections that Camden Giving have made, and 2 are currently being interviewed or have been shortlisted.
The 9 charities and social enterprises who will receive funding are:
Action Youth Boxing Intervention
The H Foundation
Performing Production Community Interest Company
Fitzrovia Youth in Action
Urban Community Projects
Pro Touch Soccer Academy
Maliha Jannah, was elected as Chair of the Future Changemakers and led the group to decide which charities they would fund, said;
“Youth services and projects rely on the Future Changemakers funding. I feel like the actual difference we’ve made will be really obvious as we’ll have more youth off of the streets, achieving their goals and actually working towards their ambitions and ideas.”
We think this is a fantastic initiative for us to be supporting as we believe it’s so vital for businesses to trust young people to make decisions that are most important and relevant to them and their collective future.
Find out more about the project here.