Society may have come a long way, but there is still a way to go. We believe young people are at the heart of making sure that equality for all is being addressed within the local community, to make it a fair and safer place to live for future generations.

R.I.T.E.S Charter

Our mission is to work towards inclusivity in educational settings.



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Our Mission Statement

The Racial Inequality Tackled in Educational Settings Charter has been designed to address a big issue that the education system is currently facing: A lack of representation. Southend YMCA recognises that young black people need to be able to see themselves represented in all parts of the school curriculum, not only to combat harmful stereotypes which can fuel racist behaviours but to inspire them to pursue the careers of their choosing. 

Recent research undertaken by YMCA England & Wales revealed 95% of young black people in the UK have experienced or witnessed racist language being used in school, and 49% of young black people felt that racism was the biggest barrier to their academic attainment. 

We want the RITES Charter to provide a framework for schools to make positive changes within their setting, which contribute towards creating a safe environment free from racism and discrimination so that all young people can achieve their full potential.


Embed black & ethnic minority representation into all parts of the
school curriculum, rather than stand-alone lessons, assemblies or

just for Black History Month.

Inspirational Role Models

Provide inspirational role models across every field in the curriculum

to build confidence, self-esteem and aspirations of black & ethnic minority students.


Staff & students receive training to promote diversity, equality and inclusion.

Equality Committee

Establish an Equality Committee with students and named members of SLT to review policies through the lens of race and ethnicity, to ensure they are inclusive and bring about positive change within the school community.

Stand up & Speak Out

Provide a whistleblowing log for students and staff to report acts of

discrimination that occurs at school and create a culture that encourages students and staff to challenge discrimination and

Stand Up & Speak Out.

Black History Month 

Our Black History Month quiz on 24th October aims to challenge how much people really know about black history and raise awareness of the many important contributions to society by the black community. 

Listen to our Youth Commissioners talk about what Black History Month means to them, below...

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Our Quiz is presented by Ashley J, MTV presenter, Live Nation event presenter, Actor and the voice of ‘Jared’ in CBeebies series, JoJo & Gran-Gran.

He’ll be joined by Tee-J, who is known for his role in CBBC television show Kerching! He’s recently taken part in MTV, Channel 4 and E4’s Dubplate Drama.


The quiz is open to all, £10 per household and the winning team gets a Caribbean feast delivered to their door from DUB Kitchen.

FYV in Parliament!

FYV competition Face It was mentioned in Parliament during a Disability Inclusion Debate at Westminster Hall!

Sir David Amess addressed Parliament as the MP for Southend West during a debate about disability inclusion and the effects of Covid-19 on the hearing impaired...

"The increased wearing of face masks is causing difficulties for those with hearing loss, which has been mentioned already, who rely on communication through facial expressions and lip reading. My local YMCA launched the Find Your Voice initiative, which was a competition to design a face mask. A child called Lily was the winner. She created a mask with a clear window in it so that people who are deaf can lip-read through the mask."



While we may not have been able to celebrate Pride in the way we are used to this year, that didn't stop our Youth Commissioners marking the occasion!

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Equality & Justice Books
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Our Youth Commissioner Emily reviewed a series of books for National Book Lovers Day, including a selection of books with the theme of equality and justice.