Stories of hope: Brixton

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Meet Marvin: “I can see a future for myself for the first time!”

When we met Marvin at school, he was angry and disruptive. By his own admission he was always getting into trouble and had already been arrested once. Through our group mentoring, he began to open up and talk about the challenges he faced. And through one-to-one discussion, we helped him identify his anger triggers, develop coping mechanisms, consider changes he could make, and understand his personal strengths.

As we reached lockdown, he was managing his behaviour much better and showed positive signs of change. He expressed a desire to engage more at school, asked for our help in setting up a work experience placement and had begun to consider his future for the first time!

 Meet Abdoul: “My experience has helped me see the positivity in life!”

Abdoul, age 22, is a young parent living in South London. He’s currently doing a course in youth work to better his professional life and has spent time with CHIPS this year, gaining practical experience as a young leader at our youth club and as a mentor. He helped organise group trips, creative activities, and virtual events for young people during lockdown. He’s also been checking in with them individually and giving them words of encouragement.

Abdoul says he’s been inspired by how engaged the young people have been. Seeing them smile and explore their creative side, and helping them better their lives, has really motivated him to continue and develop as a mentor and youth worker. During the year, Abdoul has lost friends and family members due to various reasons. But he says that his work with CHIPS has given him the drive he needs to push to the finish line with his course – as well as to see the positivity in life despite the challenges all around.

Meet Rosemarie: “I wish my mentoring sessions would never end!”

We immediately found Rosemarie to be very outgoing, but she admitted that she got frustrated very easily and faced challenges at home. As a result, she had run away before and been excluded multiple times from school. In our weekly group mentoring sessions, she appreciated the space to talk and said she wished they wouldn’t end.

Rosemarie learned to manage her emotions better in the heat of the moment, began to think about where she wanted to go in life, and told us proudly that she’d begun to engage more in lessons. We were encouraged to hear from the school later just how much her behaviour had improved.

Some names and details in our people stories have been changed to protect privacy.

Read more project updates in our latest impact report here!