Connecting with youth culture

customlogoHaving established a solid reputation over a number of years in several local Primary and Secondary schools through providing popular lunch clubs and input into assemblies and lessons, Phase Trust embarked on a growth plan to build up links with young people outside school time. There were also issues with disaffected pupils who were at risk of being excluded from school as well as the desire to reach young people using contemporary culture media.

Through a 3-year programme of grant funding aided by Transformations, Phase Trust has been able to run several regular after school clubs in drama and music making, provide workshops at the local church-run Friday night youth club in street art, break dancing, vocals, DJing etc, and provide group work and one-to-one mentoring for struggling pupils at a separate pupil inclusion centre also based at the church. Phase Trust in partnership with Zion Christian Centre in Halesowen also supports a weekly football league and a breakfast club during term time, and is developing a specific project addressing issues around the gang culture and knife crime.