Empowering Young Minds
Over the last nine weeks a group of young people from our Leyton and West Ham Wicketz projects have been taking part in an Empowering Young Minds (EYM) course. The course was designed and delivered by Sumara Khan, who is a senior lecturer at Coventry University's London campus. During the course around 30 young people aged 8-15 learned a range of skills that will aid their personal development.
Topics included; effective communication skills, personal development planning, SWOT analysis, discussing fears around barriers to achieving their goals, and presentation skills. It also included a police workshop on personal safety, discussions around extremism and their identity within the community.
On 28 March, an event was organised at Leyton Sports Ground to showcase the achievements of the young people on the course. A selection of the participants delivered presentations about their development and what they have learned during the nine weeks. Awards were given out in several categories including; best communicator, best attitude to learning and best volunteer. There was a great turnout by parents and families, making the evening even more impressive with a room of around 60 people watching the presentations.
The young people and their families were also lucky enough to have their photo taken with the County Championship trophy kindly brought along by Essex Cricket, who work in partnership with Capital Kids Cricket delivering Wicketz in east London.
Wicketz continues to provide young people around the UK with opportunities not only for weekly cricket activity but to improve a whole host of life skills relevant to them. We have worked with a number of organisations in order to deliver this, including local police forces and fire services, local authorities, nutrition experts and groups who tackle gang recruitment, to ensure that our participants get the best chance to contribute positively within their community.