Youth Exchange (YX) is a group for vulnerable 16-25 year olds who participate in events and projects, which help to build on the young person’s confidence and self-esteem needs.
YX encourages young people to share and support each other whilst working to create a tangible outcome, which benefits the wider community.
This project is funded by Southend Council and our partners are ‘The Storehouse’ and ‘Trinity Family Centre’ who independently run similar projects to provide opportunities that support young people getting back into work.
Since it's inception in 2013 young people on Southend YMCA’s YX project have been involved in a number of activities. They have:
- produced and organised an art exhibition;
- created a youth magazine and a help/advice leaflet for young people with mental health issues, both of which have been distributed to local schools, doctors surgeries and youth organisations;
- had the opportunity to work with Southend Echo and BBC Introducing presenter Ollie Winiberg. During their experiences, they have interviewed a number of bands including Youth Club, and have learnt about journalism, interview skills and working in the music industry;
- written and recorded a song;
- participated in an animation workshop and film review club run by the British Film Industry;
- helped with the organisation of our annual youth awards event;
- visited France on an ecological research approach;
- helped YMCA England work on a young people’s manifesto;
- community gardening;
- worked with a professional production company to write and make a film about bullying;
- taken part in their careers advice events alongside our partners Trinity Family Centre and the Storehouse;
- written poetry, lyrics, and taken photography to accompany projects;
- gained qualifications in volunteering and Essex Arts Awards.
With YX, young people have plenty of opportunities to gain qualifications, awards, skills and also make new friends.
For more information about YX, please contact:
T: 01702 301301