Space for Change
This year we have just referred 3 of our KYAN members to Embercombe’s ‘Catalyst’ programme and they have been accepted! We have been referring young people to the ground breaking, therapeutic, personal development programme for over 10 years. We work in close partnership with Embercombe – based on a spectacular site in Exeter – selecting and pushing forward young people aged 18 to 25 years from across London. Participants in the Catalyst workout benefit, as it fully enables a more adult experience.
Mentor and Coach Demi Nurse works closely with 27 year old Max, who is keen to move on and find work that really develops him and creates a real career in customer services. Since finishing school and college Max has worked in a family business and is no longer sure of how to move forward. Demi will support and mentor Max through the development of a realistic year plan, taking him step by step closer to his dream, through one-to-one coaching and work experience placements. With Demi’s guidance, Max will find a role he enjoys and values.
Talent 'Reflex' in The Gambia
Kervarnie Tashay White is a 16 year old student from Friern Barnet School in London, who smashed it this January by delivering a Vessel UK leadership project in The Gambia. By his own admission he was really fearful of going anywhere in Africa, but his Mum was determined that he gained a real connection with the continent – and much needed inspiration – to help him deal with the challenges of being a young black man in London. In just 3 short weeks in The Gambia, he was able to volunteer at a 2 week environmental learning project in a secondary school, deliverer a short project on UK youth music to 18 youth and collaborate with young Gambian Rapper, Aladin, to create a song and accompanying music video from scratch!
‘I learned that I am talented and productive, I am a problem solver and I have perseverance. I have achieved by far the most I have ever achieved in such a short period in my life’
Six form London student Noah, was unsure about the choice of architecture, seven years of study seemed a really long time. Being a member of KYAN he was hooked up with an architecture student at the University of West England, Bristol, where he spent a day experiencing the University’s teaching style. A few weeks later he spent a day on a live site with Architects at work. His mind was made up, architecture it was!
Connecting our young people through global conversations
The Youth Bridges virtual project began during the worldwide pandemic of 2020 to connect young people across borders at a time of heightened anxiety and isolation.
Young people from the UK, Brazil and The Gambia came together to discuss their futures in their respective countries with a view towards building intercontinental alliances with each other. The meetings provided an opportunity to reflect on ways that young people might, in partnership with the Federal University of the Amazon (Brazil), MEaP Academy Community Education Centre and The KORI Youth Charity (UK) pursue strategies of building support and social action in their respective countries.
KORI Newsletter – Sept/Dec 2021
After six years our programme manager Poppy Tomlinson is moving on to new pastures. She originally joined KORI in 2015 as a mentor, went on to be the administrator and spent the last few years managing the mentoring programme.
KORI Newsletter – May/Aug 2021
Building partnerships with corporate organisations can really provide great benefits for small charities. This year we were delighted to team up with the Mott MacDonald Group, a consultancy headquartered in the United Kingdom which employs 16,000 staff in 150 countries.
KORI Newsletter – Jan/Apr 2021
Happy New Year to ALL!
Like many charities we felt that it was important to re-visit and clarify our mission. This has not changed our work but rather acknowledged the changes that have happened as we continue to respond to the needs of young black people aged 14-30 years old.
KORI Newsletter – Oct/Nov 2020
In this last period of a traumatic year for all we would like to focus on gratitude. We are glad to still be here.
KORI Newsletter – Aug/Oct 2020
Small charities have been exceptionally challenged during this period as Matt Whittaker, CEO of Pro Bono Economic, notes that; “Charities have been under extraordinary pressure since the start of the pandemic, dealing with the perfect storm of increased demand and constrained resources.”KORI has responded by tightening its already very thin belt.
KORI Newsletter – May/Jul 2020
Through lockdown, our mentoring programme flourished adapting to the use of the now famous Zoom software! As an organisation, we have had to knuckle down and review all of our processes and policies to ensure appropriate online safeguarding measures. We run both pastoral & industry mentoring for 14-30-year-olds
Creative Futures – Collage Arts
As part of the Collage Arts Creative Futures projects; KORI created Crafted Conversations, recruiting and working with 30 young BAME women. The projects enabled the women to share their Covid 19 experiences, access training and net work. The project also brought to light some key needs regarding:
- Achieving or holding on to employment
- Well being anxiety
- Income generation
- Counselling Access
DAIGO Report 2020
Daigo 2 builds on the extraordinary success of the first Daigo project. This January 22 students from across the University of West England, Bristol, were trained and prepared for their delivery of 8 projects to over 300 participants in The Gambia!
Girls Time Poetry 2020
It has been a time to provide youth work and mentoring intertwined in this time of COVID 19 lockdown. This project we delivered for our partners, 'Youth Engagement Solutions,' provided a wonderful opportunity to discuss, reflect and support the creation of some wonderful poems with their 14-17 year old girls group.
KORI newsletter 2020
DAIGO Report 2019
GAMBIA – Report December 2015
GAMBIA – Report Summer 2015
KORI Annual Report 2014
The Vessel – Kenya Report 2014
KORI Annual Report 2011
Vessel UK Solar Installation
Business Now Project Zaira Rasool
The Vessel UK Experience
Talent 'Reflex' in The Gambia
KORI in Tanzania
Daigo Environmental Project
The Daigo Project, KORI’s partnership with the University of West England and Daughters of Africa Foundation produced this wonderful project that enabled environmental learning and magazine production development for 30 year eleven Gambian students.
Living History - The Gambia 2019
As part of the first ‘Daigo’ project in June 2029, young filmmakers Pierre Amiral and Ebru Edgeworth filmed and directed this poignant sharing of the views of teenage Gambians.
In October 2013 The Vessel Programme began with six London based applicants who committed to a 9 month programme of planning, preparation and individual project development. The team successfully delivered their projects of Art, Creative Writing, Dance and Event Management to one hundred and forty children and young people In Meru, Kenya. The programme was focused on reciprocal learning and teaching for the advancement of youth development.