Currently Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

In the bustling city of Leeds, a transformative project is making significant strides in
reshaping the lives of young people with refugee and migrant background. Our journey
began with a pilot project in collaboration with SIRIUS European Policy Network for Migrant
Education. This initial phase saw two participants receiving policy and advocacy training in
Malaga, organised by the North South Centre of the Council of Europe. Buoyed by this
success, we expanded our reach to include 15 young people in our sessions. This brought to
life through the support of RETAS Leeds and Near Neighbours expanding phase, the project
has now gained momentum with the backing of the National Lottery Community Fund for its
current stage. This initiative is not just about integration; it’s about empowering these young
individuals to embark on a transformative journey.

Vision: Elevating Beyond Integration

“Young Migrants Achieving Change” stands as a beacon of empowerment for young
migrants and refugees. It’s dedicated to imparting crucial skills and confidence, enabling
them to drive meaningful change in their communities. This initiative prioritizes Active
Citizenship and Human Rights, with a strong focus on education, awareness, and tackling
mental health issues – all essential for a thriving community life.

Approach: Empowerment Through Engagement

The project actively involves 15 young leaders in participatory activities such as group
discussions, role-playing, and goal-setting, with the curriculum developed based on input
from the participants themselves. Building upon the success of the pilot project, it employs a
community-driven approach to strengthen social cohesion, enhance family and community
environments, and empower youth in their decision-making processes.

Session Highlights: A Journey of Growth and Discovery

Session One: Introduction to Citizenship and Human Rights, with interactive
presentations, group discussions, and role-play exercises. Participants are tasked with
interviewing citizens from migrant backgrounds about their community engagement.

Session Two: Focuses on the application of these rights in everyday life. Participants
share their interview findings and engage in workshops to deepen their understanding of
civic participation in Leeds.
Session Three: Participants transform their findings into actionable plans for community
involvement, culminating in a community discussion forum.

Continued Engagement: Workshops and Networking

The journey doesn’t end with these sessions. The project extends its impact through a series
of practical participation in communities to further engage families and neighbours in the
conversation. These workshops serve as platforms for continued learning, discussion, and
practical application of the skills and knowledge acquired.

Wrapping Up with a Networking Event

The culmination of this phase of the project is marked by a networking event, anticipated to
bring together 40-50 people. This event is not only a celebration of the achievements and
growth of the participants but also an opportunity for meaningful connections. It’s a chance
for participants, their families, and community members to network, share experiences, and
foster a sense of unity and collective purpose.

Impact: Building Bridges, Changing Lives

This initiative goes beyond personal growth, fostering a sense of belonging and cross-
cultural understanding, thereby contributing to a cohesive, inclusive, and resilient community.
Participants gain invaluable experience in civic engagement, benefiting their personal
development and the wider community.

Community Involvement: The Heartbeat of the Mission

Developed through consultations with young migrants, refugees, and community groups, our
project is a true reflection of the community’s needs and aspirations. We engage diverse
perspectives to ensure that our initiative remains responsive and relevant.

Conclusion: Join Our Transformative Movement

Our unwavering commitment is to empower, engage, and elevate the lives of young people
with refugee and migrant background in Leeds. Through dedicated efforts and
collaborations, we’re making a significant impact.

Join us in this transformative journey as we strive to build a more inclusive, empowered, and
cohesive society. Stay updated and get involved as we continue to make a meaningful
difference in the lives of young migrants and refugees.

For more information, updates, and ways to get
involved, follow our journey.