Young Citizens' projects

Let’s Talk about Mental Health

Coram’s Young Citizens created an animation to help young people new to the country who may be struggling with their mental health. The film was made in partnership with Fitzrovia Youth in Action.

"This is a brilliant video. I've shared it with support workers to use when we are working with young people who are feeling isolated and lonely and perhaps less able to talk about wellbeing and accessing support.” 

Bryony Norman, Head of Specialist Education and Wellbeing Support at Refugee Support Network

Starting Life in the UK Films

Coram’s Young Citizens created six videos with advice for young people new to the country. They share their experiences and top tips on getting into college, learning the language, getting a bank account and more. 

The Stranger Series Photography Project

Coram’s Young Citizens partnered with photographer Arteh Odjidja on his portrait-based series ‘Strangers’. Over a series of workshops Arteh supported the Young Citizens ambassadors to develop their photography skills and creative voices. Their photographs showcase the achievements and aspirations of young migrants in order to challenge public perceptions and inspire those from similar backgrounds. 

Over 1,000 people have seen the photographs to date at venues including British Museum, City Hall and Central St Martins. They were also presented to Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of Coram’s QEII Centre.

The project is supported by Leica Camera UK.

The Belonging Toolkit

The Young Citizens co-produced a PSHE accredited teaching resource with specialist educators Coram Life Education. This was requested by schools to increase inclusion and raise awareness of issues facing children from migrant backgrounds.

The lesson and assembly plans explore the theme of belonging through interactive activities and films featuring the voices of the Young Citizens alongside other children and young people born both in and outside the UK.

“The engaging activities and videos in this resource encourage and enable sensitive discussion around the importance of inclusion and empathy towards pupils from migrant backgrounds.”

PSHE Association Subject Specialist, Karen Summers 

Young Citizens Tutoring Pilot

Young Citizens piloted a new tutoring programme in partnership with UCL - the first of its kind in London.

The Young Citizens group told us that speaking English as an additional language can cause an extra barrier in their study which can hold them back. To tackle this problem we worked with UCL to train up their students from the university as tutors. Tutors were then matched with Young Citizens ambassadors and worked with them over a number of weeks to help them reach their full potential. 

OC Tuition ran a free introductory training for the UCL tutors and Coram Children's Legal Centre and the Youth Rights Trainers trained them on the experiences of young people from refugee backgrounds. 

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