The Youth Charter started 2020 with chair, Geoff Thompson, presenting the Community Campus Model to the Council for Education in the Commonwealth & The Association of Commonwealth Universities: 60th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE, Fit for Purpose: Health, Sport and Play in Education.
The Youth Charter’s development of the East London Community Campus was discussed at East London Business Alliance Round Table.
YC Chair was invited to take part in a Northumbria University BAME Student Union at their Black Leaders Project event.
The month of February saw meetings with the British Olympic Association, the South African High Commissioner and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University to discuss the Youth Charter projects, programmes and potential collaboration.
The Youth Charter also presented at the East London Children’s University Graduation on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Towards the end of February the Youth Charter met with Sport England to discuss its ongoing development of the Community Campus and Sport for Development for Peace Alliance collaboration.
March was a month of change and adaptation as the Covid-19 Pandemic saw the United Kingdom go into Lockdown on the same day as the YC 27th Anniversary. The Youth Charter had been due to launch the Barking & Dagenham Community Campus, which has been developed from the East London Community Campus, however, this had to be rescheduled for a future date. As we all went into Lockdown the Youth Charter took the time to review its current projects and programmes and to
begin a process of updating our Digital offer going forward, this began with the Social Coach Leadership Programme.
The Youth Charter marked the 7th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with a LinkedIn article by YC chair, Geoff Thompson, entitled: Olympism – A Post Covid-19 Legacy Opportunity for All.
The Youth Charter’s ‘Fight for the Streets’ campaign was launched to encourage all current combat sports instructors to volunteer a minimum of two hours per week to engage our disaffected and disenfranchised youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At the end of April the Youth Charter delivered an SCLP workshop for the Mandela Mile Leadership Programme titled: Being a Leader - Living Our Values. The workshop provided participants with an understanding of: Leadership in the 21st Century Post Covid-19 World; Leadership in Values and Excellence; Nelson Mandela the Boxer and Leader; and Kofi Annan the
Sprinter and Leader. Participants were also introduced to: Sport for Development and Peace; and Sport delivering the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of updating the Youth Charter’s Digital Offer, we began work on the YC Community Campus Portal - Project Management Platform (Community Campus Portal). The new Community Campus Portal builds on the development of our Social Coach Leadership Programme between 2015 and 2018 with funding from the Sport England Active Communities
Grant. This Community Campus model, cultural framework and impact matrix provides a multi agency stakeholder collaborative approach that delivers effective and efficient use of resources with sustainable impact that will be used to take forward our National and Global Call to Actions.
June saw the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and the killing of Breonna Taylor during a police raid in Louisville. The Youth Charter participated in the first UK Black Lives Matter protests in Manchester back in August 2016 which were held on the anniversary of the killing of Mark Duggan by police in London. The Youth Charter has incorporated the renewed BLM movement into its National and Global Call 2 Action.
The Youth Charter’s campaigning work has continued throughout the Lockdown period as conferences went online. This included: Attitude, Aspiration & Attainment – Development & Rehabilitation of Young Men Conference, London; and United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Goals.
The Youth Charter delivered a Sport for Peace live debate as part of the 2020 Mandela Mile: Walk for Kofi event. The debate was delivered in context of the Fight for the Streets and the YC Global Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter Call 2 Action. The debate was led by YC Chair, Geoff Thompson, and included contributions from:
Her Excellency Nomatemba “Tembi” Tambo - South African High Commissioner to London
Sipho Tshabalala - Youth Charter South Africa and South African Business Executive
Quinton Fortune - South African Manchester United footballer and currently Manchester United U23 coach
Alison Burchell - South African Senior Administrator specialising in Sport and Recreation
The Youth Charter continued its global programme of work contributing to the pre-assembly seminar workshop series prior to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. A panel of global activists were brought together to discuss the role of sport and the arts in providing community empowerment and social, cultural and economic self reliance. The virtual session was hosted by the University of San Diego and featured Geoff Thompson who presented the Youth Charter UN journey and Community Campus global model benchmarked by the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
On Wednesday 26th August the Youth Charter moved its office from the University of East London Stratford Campus and will be residing at London Stadium Learning on the Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.
As part of the development of Digital Offer going forward the Youth Charter re-designed and relaunched its website in September (please see www.youthcharter.org). This is linked to the development of the following YC Portals: Community Campus Portal; SCLP Training Centre; Youthwise Portal; and Youth Charter Digital Archive. Three Community Campus Portals are being trialed as part of the development of the YC Digital Offer: Backing & Dagenham (Local); Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation (National); and Mandel Mile (Global).
The YC Chair joined the sports agency network of Greater Manchester hosted by Manchester City Football Club for the inaugural meeting (call) of the Sport and Leisure Sustainability Alliance for a potential forum or alliance of sport and leisure bodies, providers, developers, events and venues and interest groups based in Manchester for the promotion and engagement of sustainable operations and development.
The Youth Charter contributed to the National Housing Festival with the delivery of a virtual ASB and Youth Engagement Workshop.
The 2020 Tackling Gangs, Violence and Weapon Crime Conference went online this year, with the YC Chair, Geoff, presenting the YC Community Campus Model.
The Youth Charter launched its Black Historywise Education Pack as part of the Black History Month (BHM), supporting the campaign to deliver the Black Curriculum throughout the school year and not just for one month of the year. As part of the launch, YC Chair, Geoff Thompson,delivered two BHM workshops at Znaniye Foundation, with young people and teachers:
Black Historywise workshop with young people (please see video)
Sport, Racial Injustice and Activism for Ages 11-18 virtual workshop with teachers
The Youth Charter also delivered a Community Campus workshop with the CIMSPA Youth Panel to discuss: the changes in delivering Sport and Physical Activity as result of Covid-19, Social Distancing and the Digital Interaction, in respect to mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing; and other Sport and Physical Activity industry issues from the perspective of young people.
The month of November saw the Youth Charter undertake an extensive archive review of its 27 years of work with a number of consultations with stakeholders, Trustees, youth and community organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
The Youth Charter continued the development of its Digital Offer with Social Coaches from Mandela Mile testing our Social Coach Engagement process. These future young leaders will be the first cohort to complete the SCLP Induction and Fast Track Training in 2021.
The Youth Charter presented the Community Campus Portal to the Foundation for Future London, with aim of further development the East London Community Campus with the five Olympic Boroughs of: Barking & Dagenham; Hackney; Newham; Tower Hamlets; and Waltham Forest.