Developing young leaders
Through his completion of a Level 3 Youth Work qualification at City Gateway, Bobby now empowers other young people to engage in their personal and professional development.
From: Tower Hamlets
Programmes: Limehouse Youth Centre, Sports and Fitness Level 2, Youth Work Level 3
Current Status: Limehouse Youth Worker
Like many young people in East London, Bobby left school aged 16 with few good grades and no clear sense of direction for his path ahead. He was surprised when attending a careers meeting, that his passion for sport led him back to City Gateway and the Youth Club he had attended as a young man.
Through City Gateway he enrolled on a Sports and Fitness Level 2 Apprenticeship, and within months was working on placement at a Fitness First gym in Old Street. Following this, an opportunity arose for Bobby to continue his training with a Level 3 Youth Work qualification, which saw him rise to the challenge of leading sessions with the young people and teaching sports.
Amongst other activities, Bobby now leads the Sports Academy every Friday - teaching a new sport each week. From here there are progression paths, where the young people can develop in their skills and gain the knowledge they need to start coaching other young people. These development stages are key, empowering individuals with opportunities to grow and become leaders.
By engaging young people in both their personal and professional development, Bobby recognises first-hand how Youth Work can help to foster community cohesion, as well as creating better job prospects for young people.
"Most of the young people we work with live on my estate have the same story. There are some people we work with, whose behaviour is not always that good, but we see their potential, and share our stories with people all the time."