Youth Projects

Youth projects

We are now reviewing our youth provision to build on the learning from this programme, working with local young people and stakeholders to shape a new offer that best uses our knowledge and capability to address the main issues affecting young people locally.

Our flagship youth programme Make It! has run since 2014, working in schools with year 8 students through a combination of 1-2-1 mentoring, accredited group work, and a community learning project. Nearly 200 young people have graduated with OCN Level II in Critical Thinking in the last three years.

Our flagship youth project

Make it!

Make it! worked in-school with year 8 students through a combination of 1-2-1 mentoring, accredited group work, and a community learning project.

For three years Make it! worked to cultivate critical thinking skills in Tower Hamlets and Newham. Last year we expanded to work with secondary schools in Camden, Lambeth and Hackney, enriching the experience of all participants.

Find out more about Make it!
Make it! Residential
Check out our latest film

The 12 & 13 Year olds of East London

This film, made by the young people on the Make it! project reveals what it’s really like to be 12 and 13 years old in East London

Make Moves

Make Moves! worked specifically with 10 and 11-year-olds about to finish primary school and move up to secondary school, a change that can be difficult for many children. Last year we took 300 Year Six pupils from primary schools across the borough for activity days in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets.

The children had the chance to try canoeing, archery, raft building, rock climbing and arts and crafts activities. The confidence these days inspire in the children and the connections they make help to ease their transition to secondary school.

Speak it!

Toynbee Hall has teamed up with longstanding supporter Proms at St Jude’s and their principal sponsor Investec to deliver Speak it!, a spoken word competition for young people with award winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou.

Speak it! is a supercharged introduction to spoken word, where students aged 14 -16 years old write poems over two sessions with Anthony.

Support our youth projects

By supporting our youth work you will ensure that young people in the East End are able to build the critical thinking skills and confidence they need to thrive. You can set up a regular or one-off donation by clicking the link below, or contact our Development team to discuss other ways to support: 

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