“Working class young people being seen, being heard and leading change”
RECLAIM is a multi-award-winning leadership and mentoring project based in Manchester. The project empowers young people across the North West to make positive changes in their communities, and to discover greater inner-strength and self-belief.
RECLAIM enables young people from the region’s most disadvantaged communities to engage directly with the decision makers influencing their lives. Promoting leadership and facilitating dialogue with the police, council, politicians and media; RECLAIM helps those who are often marginalised to realise their voice. Directed by the agenda of its young members, RECLAIM enables young people to maximise their capabilities by pushing the boundaries of effective youth engagement.
Donations so far: £500
We partnered with popular Manchester venue Soup Kitchen, keen supporters of RECLAIM, to throw a party with Deep Space Orchestra in October 2014. Not only did we enjoy a night of good music and dancing, we raised £500 from the night to go directly towards supporting the work that RECLAIM do, helping to fund their ongoing projects with a range of disadvantaged young people.
One initiative that RECLAIM delivers is a two-year leadership programme, with single-gender groups of 12 to 13 year olds from a single location. They work with young people on four strands of LEAD: Leadership, Enterprise, Activism, and Community Development.
Year One works to build confidence, resilience, and social skills in potential young leaders, guided by a manifesto developed by the young people which identifies the priority issues within the area and the policies to address these.
Year Two splits the young people into strands focussed on each area of LEAD. Young people are linked with professional and industry contacts who provide high level opportunities for the young people to develop key leadership skills. The participants develop campaigns, new social enterprises and hold public speaking events, and are set challenging, self-determined goals.
Show your support:
Donate to RECLAIM: https://www.justgiving.com/4w350m3/donation/direct/charity/190215
Registered charity no: 1139807