Youth Shield is CommUNITY Barnet's Young People Peer Education and Support project. We work with young people aged 14-25 years who want to volunteer as peer educators, researchers and support other young people to have a voice in their communities.
The programme delivers training to young people in peer mentoring, healthy relationship, facilitation skills, safeguarding and research skills. Our current programmes give young people the opportunity to work with children and their peers in schools, colleges, youth projects and community groups to deliver the following programmes;
- Healthy Relationships: to develop short programmes and sessions to educate and share knowledge and experiences about healthy relationships and keeping safe in your community. Young people devise and deliver the programme, gaining essential leadership, planning, empathy and communication skills.
- Researchers: Young people are trained in carrying out research projects. They learn how to interview their peers about issues that are important and relevant to them. Subjects can be complex and sensitive, hence researchers are taught how to demonstrate understanding and be supportive. A group of 11 young people completed a peer research project in Colindale in 2017.
- Let's Talk About Barnet - This project enables peer educators to work with children and young people in their communities, identify issues that are affecting their lives and provide a platform for them to have their say. Working as a team, peer educators will learn how to produce and distribute podcasts about cutting edge issues.
To find out more about Youth Shield please contact James Hughes 020 8364 8400 | firstname.lastname@example.org