Our Take The Lead project was funded in 2018 by London Luton Airport, Police Community Fund and Luton Borough Council's Your Say Your Way.
The project for referred young people who are involved with, or vulnerable to gang related activity, knife crime and/or serious youth violence. The project consists of a hour long presentation by Directional director Jermaine Hall and TopGuard UK's Jason Lowe which includes a specifically made video with actor Aaron Fontaine and boxer Jordan Reynolds. Following the presentation, the group of 11-16 year olds participate in 12 weeks of a sporting activity (football, basketball, boxercise) and intense 1-1 sessions, all designed to educate, engage and empower young people on how they can take the lead of their own life and have a positive influence on their peers.
We provide a 1-1 or small group mentoring programme, designed for young people with behaviour, social inclusion or motivation issues.
The programme has proved very successful and highlights the need for some young people to build a good working relationship on a 1-1 basis with a positive role model.