Young Citizens projects
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 Young Citizens co-produced a 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.
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.
Breaking Barriers Event
In March 2019 Coram’s Young Citizens hosted an event for over 50 young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds from across London. The event included workshops co-designed and delivered with Coram's Young Citizens and charities across the Coram group.
Coram Voice co-facilitated a session on rights and entitlements and Migrant Children’s Project's session was on the asylum process. Creative Therapies co-facilitated a session called ‘Our Past, Present and Future’, in which participants interacted with a giant tree display to express their favourite memories, strengths and dreams for the future. There was also a workshop called 'Your Life in the UK' which acted as a safe space to share ways of overcoming difficulties and creating a happy life in this country.
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.