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We build stronger
foundations for youth

To support as many young people as possible to enjoy, thrive and contribute to their worlds.

At KORI, we are dedicated to constructing robust foundations for youth by providing a distinctive and supportive environment.

At the heart of what we do is providing young people with a unique, creative, warm environment and the tools to reach their aspirations, enabled by our strategic partnerships. Through youth work and  creative facilitation, we provide needed interventions, tailored mentoring, training, project engagement, bespoke mentoring, counselling, respite, and diverse opportunities for young people aged 11-25 to enrich their networks.

Why are we needed?

KORI Youth Charity is a youth-centred charity founded in London in 2002, and developed by African and Caribbean community artists over two decades. We are engaged in supporting hundreds of young people with vulnerabilities in their backgrounds that potentially put their futures at risk.

Educational and employment opportunities are not universally accessible. Inequality persists, hindering the potential of countless young minds. KORI Youth Charity strives to break down these barriers, offering educational resources and mentorship programmes to young  people from predominantly black, and minority ethnic communities  aged 11-25 years to bridge the gap. Our programmes empower youth with the tools to navigate life’s challenges, fostering resilience and wellbeing.

What are some of the challenges impacting the young people we work with?

  • Low access to services
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Inequality in all its forms
  • Disproportionate equity
  • Post pandemic legacy
  • Hyper (in)visibility
  • Low socio-economic backgrounds

We also have in-house counselling for 18+ used by both young people and parents.

At KORI Youth, our work is driven by a passion for empowering the next generation. By addressing the barriers that young people face  head-on, we strive to create a world where every young person has the opportunity to thrive.

What is the
KORI Youth Journey?

KORI Youth is a place where transformative change can happen for young people, and where opportunities for growth are embedded in each engagement they have with us. We support a youth’s journey from childhood into adulthood with our 20 years of experience within this field.

KORI is where it all begins, the starting point for deep-rooted intervention, care and transformation for youth.

Not My Label, is a space to connect and understand each other. At KORI, we figure out our young people’s needs, providing them room for growth and exploration, before guiding them into the next stages of their KORI journey.

On Blooming Minds, our young people learn essential tools and professional skills, gearing them up to be able to access opportunities and unlock their agency over their lives.

The VESSEL UK is a programme where young people from the UK are connected with their peers from our partner organisations across Africa. Here, our young people collaborate to connect, learn, and share their skills, creating a powerful community of young leaders instilled with a strong foundation to achieve in life.

Our Key Programmes

Not My Label at KORI is a creative haven for youth facing challenges. It provides tailored support through need-based assessment, building social networks, and engaging in transformative learning activities for individuals aged 11-25.

Blooming Minds empowers underrepresented youth with essential life skills, preparing them for adulthood. Tailored for those lacking career connections, the programme offers customised education, mentorship, and industry labs, breaking barriers for young individuals facing adversity.

Vessel UK: Connecting UK youth with peers in Africa, fostering collaboration and skill-sharing. More than a training programme, it empowers participants to create socially responsible projects, making a lasting impact globally.

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