The StreetGames annual Youth Conference took place in October 2018, and welcomed over 90 eager attendees to participate in a range of learning, networking and animated feedback sessions. This year’s event, designed to help StreetGames to gauge the needs, wants and expectations of Britain’s young people, revolved around the theme of listening – and the hashtag ‘#HearMeOut’.

Below are a number of special video interviews conducted with those on the day,  including both current and former StreetGames volunteers and StreetGames Young Advisors.

At City of Westminster College on 24th October 2018, StreetGames held their Youth Volunteer Conference, an event organised by the youth, for the youth. The event hosted 102 delegates including 86 young people and 14 VIPs, all brought together to give young volunteers the opportunity to have their voices heard. A team of four Young Advisors played a huge part in organising the event and choosing an underlying theme for the day, to increase Mental Health Awareness.

Since his first session as a volunteer at the Active East project in the east end of Glasgow in February 2013, it was clear that Ahmed would challenge staff and fellow volunteers to keep pace with him. Ahmed is a caring individual who displays fantastic leadership skills. Shy he may have been in company, but privately Ahmed possessed a burning desire to learn and to implement that learning for the benefit of all.

Gary began volunteering with Active East in August 2013. He had just completed his first year at college doing a course in Sound Engineering, but unfortunately due low grades hadn’t been accepted onto the second year of his course. Gary felt that college wasn’t the right learning environment for him, and felt a little lost. He was unsure of the direction he wanted to take his education or employment, and really needed additional mentoring and support.

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Lee has been volunteering with The Beck, Leeds for the past 5 years. He began as a participant at The Beck at aged 16, and a year later began volunteering after developing a keen interest in sport as a career. Lee’s volunteering role initially involved supporting participants within sports sessions, wearing the Volunteer kit and promoting the sports sessions to people within the local community.

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Jamal Bernard, 20, began as a participant in a StreetGames Doorstep Sport sessions in the Metropolitan St Martin’s Estate in Tulse Hill in 2011. On leaving college Jamal successfully  secured an apprenticeship with Metropolitan Housing as an advisor of youth finance to young residents, liaising with and supporting young people and adults who have financial issues. Although Jamal enjoyed the apprenticeship, he struggled to excel within the role due to his lack of self-assurance and confidence. All that changed when Jamal took up volunteering with StreetGames In January 2014.

Gisele began as a centre member at Archway - a specialist resource centre providing support to young people aged 16-25 in areas such as welfare rights, housing support and counselling – shortly after moving to the UK from Congo in 2011. Gisele moved to the UK with her Aunt and younger siblings, speaking no English, and with no-where to work or live. Gisele began her life in Leeds living in a homeless hostel, and enrolled on to a college course to learn English.

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