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ANSAR YOUTH PROJECT (AYP)
Ansar Youth Project (AYP) is a social inclusion project based in the London borough of Brent, and works to target young people from ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
AYP strongly believes in the vast capabilities, intelligence and inherent beauty of all young people. AYP believes that if we develop these qualities we can build a better community, a better society and a better world. Using social activities and workshops, AYP aims to help young people develop in a holistic manner to fulfil the potential we know all young people have.
What makes AYP Different?
HOLISTIC youth work; many sports organisations deal with the physical side of a young person; many religious organisations deal with the spiritual side; however, the reality is that none cultivate all the five key areas of a young person’s development the way AYP does. In line with the government report, “Every Child Matters,” we aim to support young people to become:
- Physically Stronger – becoming more healthy through participation in sports
- Emotionally Mature – addressing emotional issues such as lack of support, depression, lack of morale, etc.
- Mentally Alert and Inspired – providing informal and alternative means of development i.e. Accredited courses and workshops
- Socially Integrated – addressing social issues such as lack of social interaction, bullying, drugs awareness, gang involvement, conflict resolution, community cohesion etc.
WHAT IS A YOUTH WORKER?
A Youth Worker’s role is to support the holistic development of young people through informal learning activities. A Youth Worker’s role is not to babysit the young person but to engage them through positive activities and through building positive relationships with young people. A Youth Worker treats the young person like an adult and challenges him/her to develop life skills and themselves by improving their morality, etiquette, personal values, motivation in a positive manner.
WHAT DOES A YOUTH WORKER DO?
At AYP, our Youth Worker’s organise, supervise and lead activities that young people can partake in. This may simply involve playing a game of basketball with a group of young people, running an art session or facilitating a workshop on bullying. As you build relationships with young people, you will be able to support their development by raising their confidence, challenging their personal inhibitions and inspiring them to reach their potential. Often you may be required to support the young people you meet when they have problems by providing a listening ear or advising them. Without a doubt, you will be at the front-line of society, shaping and informing a new generation of young people.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST?
AYP is looking to recruit Youth Workers who meet the following requirements:
- You must be aged 16 and over to be a youth mentor
- You must be aged 18 and over to be a youth worker
- You must be willing to work closely with young people, encourage their participation in activities and support them in their development.
- You need to enjoy working with young people.
- You must be patient and avoid a traditional attitude towards discipline.
- You must be non-judgemental and avoid imposing your personal beliefs on young people.
- You must be able to attend all training and volunteering dates shown.
- You must be willing to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure Check.
- The willingness to dedicate a minimum of 6 months commitment
- You must be available at least once a fortnight
WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN?
We promise that this voluntary experience will provide an excellent opportunity not only for the young people who attend the Youth Club, but also for your own personal development.
As part of this opportunity you will receive:
- Free training in youth-work with certification from Ansar Youth Project;
- Free First Aid training;
- A reference for use in conjunction with your CV;
- The chance to develop new friendships with colleagues and fellow Youth Workers/volunteers
- The opportunity to work and influence the lives of over 150 young people between the ages of 10 and 17 years and to personally mentor a young person;
- Regular support and skills development from Senior Youth Workers;
- The opportunity to work with a group of inspirational youth leaders and learn transferable project management and administrative skills.
AYP is running as a small charity and under the process of a company and charity registration. AYP is governed by a Board of Trustees and a Management Committee that is in charge of day to day operational work.
Free membership is open to all young people aged between 10 and 17 to attend the youth club. There is no discrimination with regards to background and community.
AYP has been running since 2006 providing services to young people aged between 10-18, in a number of ways, namely through youth club sessions. We have also run an activity week in Cannons High School which took place in 2008. Since 2008 we have run weekly youth club sessions engaging 50-100 young people per week.
AYP has also ran the following trips:
- Thorpe Park Day Trip
- 4+ Days Residential Trip
- Various workshops in arts, raising awareness of poverty, anti-racism, bullying workshops, CV builder and many more.
- Bowling, Ice Skating, Fun Fairs, Golf, Camping, Teamwork and Leadership activities, water sports etc.
There is no charge for attending the youth club. Organised trips and activities may incur a subsidised charge to cover costs. Young people who are unable to afford these costs may be offered an increased subsidy (subject to funding.)
AYP is aimed at 10 – 17 year old young people from disadvantaged circumstances and/or ethnic minorities. The youth club is open to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. We engage approximately 5000 young people per year.
Ansar Youth Project
Wembley Youth and Community Centre,
Volunteers will be requested to arrive thirty minutes before opening and stay 30 minutes after closing to help set up and tidy up. Some external sessions may last longer but you will be informed well in advance.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES
All sessions will aim at helping young people develop through informal learning. While a provisional programme for the plan is in place, sessions may change according to the needs and requests of young people and mentors.
Some of the provisional sessions include:
- Teamwork and Leadership Activity Day
- Finance Workshop
- Tour of London
- Cinema Business Workshop
- Zorbing/Zorb Football
- Archery/Archery Tag
- Cooking Workshop
- Acting Workshop
- First Aid
- Business Workshops
- Computing/Coding/ Robotics
- Escape Room
- Camping/Survival skills
- Rap/Poetry Self Confidence Workshop
- Politics & Current Affairs
- Go Karting
- Community Service Day
- Homework Club
- Breakfast Club
- Youth Club
- Computer gaming sessions
- Fencing & Sword Fighting
- Prison Visit/Anti-Crime Workshop
- Negotiation Workshops
Extra workshops and trips will be organised to support the building of relationships between young people and mentors. These will be more social or more intensive in a theme of their choice.
AYP is looking to recruit 15-25 Youth Workers from each gender to help deliver AYP’s after school and weekend sessions. Volunteer staff will have the opportunity to deliver quality youth services that will contribute to the personal development of young people.
If accepted, you will be trained up to the highest quality available to AYP. This is to ensure your personal development as well as the quality of the work you produce.
TAKING SESSIONS OFF DUE TO EXAMS, PERSONAL REASONS AND HOLIDAYS
To help AYP provide an excellent service to the young people we require our Youth Workers to provide a certain level of commitment. Therefore we ask all Youth Workers to endeavour not to take more than 6 sessions off in the year. All Youth Workers are requested to inform the AYP Senior Management Committee of any time off they may need at least one week in advance.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position please read through the Youth Worker application pack thoroughly and fill in the online form by visiting the link below;
If you have any questions feel free to get in touch by calling
Youth Services Manager (female) – Noor Al-Mousawi: 07305077254
Youth Services Manager (male) – Zuhayr Kassam: 07853052195or by emailing [email protected]