Fearless Youth Association
Formally known as Ransom Social formed in 2016 by 12 young people who were either unemployed or between education, RS latter changed the name to Fearless Youth Association (FYA) as a lot of people associated it with one of the street in Nottingham, FYA focuses on giving youth the opportunity to engage in learning and personal development opportunities while keeping out of trouble.
Since the establishment of the group, 3 of the founder members have joined university, 4 have joined college and 2 have found employment. FYA has become a highly effective group in attracting and engaging young people seeking to turn their lives around.
In addition to the support by these 12-young people, FYA has recruited more new members and developed sound partnerships thereby supporting over 18 young people to engage with training, skills development, music and digital contents production and organising managing events.
This year, we aim to support young refugees/asylum seekers, especially those with limited English language and networks of friendships to integrate, increase their self- confidence, break down language barriers.
We support young people with counselling, music therapy, housing, employment skills development and community engagement. Our drop-in studios along Alfreton Road open daily from 10am - 9pm, and we have a weekly meeting every Friday 5pm - 7pm to support one another including opportunities for individual assessment to determine what support is needed for that individual.
Why Was the group Started?
We started FYA because we saw the need to a young people lead group where the youth can feel free to express their feelings in creativity and create friendship whereas most of the youth who see each other wouldn’t see eye to eye due to postcode conflicts.
Our Mission, Vision and Aims
At FYA we found that the further we stray from nature, the further we stray away from one another. In order to restore the much-needed balance on earth we must first begin by restoring balance within its individuals. This is because we’re currently faced with an issue where our young people are being controlled by the environment around them. This is through, television, games, school, music. Some of the behaviours that our children might inherit from a young age will undoubtedly influence their self-esteem and self-belief at a later stage in life. We found that children growing up in single parent families (Even children in many different homes) feel a deep sense of abandonment. For some kids engaging in anti-social behaviour is a way for them to replace the lack of love that they are feeling and experiencing at home.
What we have to ask ourselves is amidst all the pressures how can we go about giving our children the correct tools to pursue their dreams, love themselves and accept themselves and one another for who they are
The mission of FYA is the pursuit of the following principles:
- Commitment: FYA wants to inspire pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instil a sense of hope in the future.
- Responsibility: The focus of FYA is to empower youth in establishing goals and following through on commitments.
- Possibility: FYA wants to expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life's possibilities.
- Support: An individual is dramatically influenced by their support system. FYA wants to surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.
Vision Statement- To make young people knowledgeable about the dangers of Knife Crime.
What We Do
FYA offers the youth, that have already been identified as at-risk, an opportunity to work with us to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future. The long-term goal of Unite for Youth is to empower the young person to break the habits that are leading to trouble in school and in the streets.
Having launched the Safe Space in January 2018 following over 12 months work with young people, we aim to expand and sustain this project while expanding its reach and capacity mainly among BME and/or new and emerging communities. Thus we will reach and support more people to develop a positive relationship with Nottinghamshire Police; divert them from crime and anti-social behaviour, especially knife crime and gang violence; promote community cohesion and strengthen sense of belonging within communities; empowering them to achieve their ambitions; and Protecting People from Harm by preventing hate crime, raising public awareness and supporting them to help identify, tackle and reduce hidden harm by understanding these issues, their impact, ways to report them and trusting the police and authorities thereby accepting to report and engage with the police. The Safe Space is mainly used young black men of African, Afro Caribbean and Asian background and links to their communities, especially the new and emerging groups.
Working with partners, we will undertake active mobilisation and engagement of young people through this Safe Space. The Safe Space offers a physical space where young people meet and discuss issues while learning skills and getting direct support from our partner organisations and local statutory bodies. In trusting the police, we will continue inviting the police to our physical and online space thereby getting similar results to what we have had where members of our team have shifted from utter hatred and disdain of the police and authority to current warmer though suspicious relations. The Safe Space will also help sharing of ideas, views and actions supported by continuous engagement to develop workable approaches to tackle knife crime and the identification, tackling and reduction of hidden harm.