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Priority projects are short term, time limited initiatives which are designed to enable young peoples personal and social development through a variety of media. They are based upon current issues that young people have identified at a given time, and a project is designed around that research.
In March 2011 SYMCA successfully completed the Priority shorts project which taught young people film making skills in order to progress the issues and concerns which mattered to them, such as disability football with the Rochford Disability Football Association, young carers at SCAFT and other films made with young skaters, youth councils and centers and more.
During April to September 2011 the Southend Priorities projects focussed on the production of a guide to assist young homeless people to access accommodation, an equalities conference enabling young people from different backgrounds to share life experiences and a series of cooking workshops assting young people to cook on a budget. In 2012 Southend Priorities research led to a cook book being produced called 'Edible Histories' which looked at cuiseine from around the world, its history and culture in relation to Southend, whilst being on a budget.
In July 2011 25 young people from France, Germany & England at Southend YMCA came together for a cultural exchange that they had assisted in the planning and delivery of, to find common issues young people face in the three countries, that could form the basis for future Southend Priority projects. Due to the success of this trip, it was repeated again in June and September 2012.
14 December 2011
Y Be Safe is another new Southend Priorites project at Southend YMCA. Taking on 14 young people, volunteers will work closely alongside Southend SOS Bus to produce a booklet tackling the issues of young people’s safety.
Experiencing the issues raised first-hand, participants will join the SOS Bus on Friday nights, seeing how young people’s behaviour can have a negative impact on not just their own safety, but the community as well.
Start Date – W/c 9th January 2012 (Friday’s)
Age Range – 15-30 year olds
Duration – 16 weeks / 2-3 hours per week (6.30-8.30pm)