Urban Youth are looking for a suitable venue to run their youth project in Lambeth – if you know of a suitable space – please get in touch with Scott Robb 0203 292 1331 Scott@ urbanyouth.org.uk
Urban Youth is a not-for-profit youth organisation, which was founded in 2005 and began, providing services to young people from the 1st March 2006.
Urban Youth was set up to meet the growing needs of a large group of young people, who approached Scott Robb, the founder of Urban Youth because they wanted to take part in structured, positive, challenging and engaging activities and programmes that they could learn from but also gain new skills and experiences that they would not normally get the opportunity to experience at generic youth clubs.
After consulting with 208 young people aged 11 to 19 years old in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Urban Youth was formed to meet this need, starting as a youth project on a Wednesday evening one night a week at Kingsley Hall in Bromley By Bow for young people aged 9 to 19 years old who lived, worked or studied in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding areas.
During the first year at Urban Youth it began to become very clear just how popular the project was and how much Urban Youth was needed locally, reaching 143 young people in the first year, facilitating a wide range of personal development, life skills, health and wellbeing activities and sessions, such as confidence building, self esteem, peer pressure, sexual health awareness, drug and alcohol awareness, fitness and exercise, health eating, as well as generic youth work activities that aimed on building young people as young leaders, giving them responsibility, leadership skills and helping to build community cohesion, by highlighting commonalities and celebrating difference.
Young people began coming to us for support on issues going on for them and we then opened a weekly drop-in to provide this support, dealing with issues such as peer pressure, family issues, debt, money worries, sexuality, sexual health, school issues, CV and employability skills and much more.
Urban Youth then increased its services as well as increased its age range from 19 to 21 years old due to consultation and feedback from its service users and young people interested in engaging with Urban Youth. Urban Youth then expanded at Kingsley Hall, as well as opening its first office base at St. Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green in 2007, where Urban Youth provided more youth work programmes, training and support for young people aged 9 to 21 years old, further expanding through Tower Hamlets and the surrounding areas.
From 2007, Urban Youth had grown from strength to strength, increasing its services to young people, working with more young people from across London and working in partnership with organisations like the NHS, NSPCC, St. John Ambulance, Tower Hamlets Community Housing, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Social Services, Schools and other charities and organisations providing services to young people.
From 2010, Urban Youth began working in Hackney, Greenwich and Lewisham, and opened up its services to young people across London, due to the increase in up take from young people across London. In 2012, Urban Youth moved to a college building in Whitechapel and began expanding its work further due to the needs of young people.
Today Urban Youth continues to provide youth work activities and programmes, training and support to young people across London and we are aiming to expand further afield.
Part of the work of Urban Youth, includes work with LGBTQ young people aged 11 to 25 years old, starting of with our Colours Youth Group in Tower Hamlets in 2007, leading into providing activities and programmes across London.
Our group activities cover a range of topic, relevant to young LGBTQ people from relationships, to sexual health, coming out to hate crimes, homophobia and discrimination, as well as a range of general youth work activities, fun and rewarding sessions that promote health, identity, personal development and wellbeing.