Engage and Empower

Taking a holistic approach to current issues affecting young people.

Who Are We

Project 4 Youth Empowerment is a community interest company who support young people and families.

We assist people affected by or in danger of being affected by a range of issues such as serious youth violence, school exclusions or those who are NEET (not in education, employment or training). This support comes in many forms including offering advice, advocacy, one on one or group mentoring, or signposting to other professional services.

Our team have many years of experience of working with young people in a variety of settings ranging from youth work, teaching, specialised gang work, outreach work and have experience of working with young people with SEN (special educational needs). 

‘At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back’ – Denzel Washington

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What We Do

— Training & Education

Young people who are NEET (Not in education, employment or training) can be referred to us directly to engage in FREE courses which will aid their development, with a view to employment, education or training. Our e-learning courses can be done remotely and will provide the young person with the skills to gain employment via Business Administration, Business Management and Customer Service. We also offer FREE CSCS courses for young people who want to pursue a career in the construction or trade industry.

We support young people to build CV’s and provide them with interview skills.

— Advocacy and Mentoring

We support young people and families who need help when dealing with services such as Local Authorities (Youth Offending Services, Probation, Leaving Care Team) Schools, Police. We also support young people and families through the criminal court process.

Our mentoring programme has proven results. We engage with young people in a variety of ways, more importantly, we listen and understand the language of the young people and work with them to ensure that we set clear, measurable and achievable goals.

— Local Authority Support

Sometimes, even the professionals need support! We are experienced in ‘bridging the gap’, between the professionals and the young person. We can understand the language of our young people, but also able to communicate with them effectively. We work on behalf of the Local Authorities to intervene on their more complex cases or the young people referred to as ‘hard to reach’. We work closely with the young person to find out what stimulates and motivates them, and then work on developments steps.

— Workshops

We offer a range of interactive and bespoke workshops to young people, parents and professionals. With the use of case studies, media and guests who have lived experiences, we bring our workshops to life by engaging in group exercises and thought-provoking conversations which really aim to tackle the matters at hand. Our workshops can be delivered in person or remotely. Please contact us for a quote.

— Activities

We engage in a variety of activities with our young people to engage them. Photography, videography and podcasting are some of the ways that we get the young people to express themselves, learn communication skills and how to articulate themselves. We host competitions both virtually and in person, ranging from general knowledge to FIFA competitions on the PlayStation! We also do outdoor activities such as go-karting and paintball or a visit to the Zoo.

— Parenting Support

Parenting is not easy, we don’t get a manual for each child and sometimes there are serious problems that our young people run into that means parents need help.  We offer support in various ways, including advice, advocacy and signposting in areas such as school exclusions, social services, housing, SEN and other issues affecting families. Our safe spaces are a great way to get help or just connect with others who may have experienced or still be facing some of the same issues as you.

Impact Stories

Providing Relief - Happy Parent

I am more than happy with the support that I have been receiving from P4YE, and cannot believe how much difference they have managed to achieve in such a short space of time, when I contacted them I was at my lowest ebb, the support I have received has been vital for me and especially my son, who has built a close bond with P4YE  staff in such a short space of time.

Changing Lives — Delighted Parent

After my son was a victim of a sustained assault and received multiple stab wounds, with potentially life changing injuries, I came into contact with P4YE. My son, and my family have since received extensive support from P4YE in the form of 1:1 sessions, and mentoring. My son also received support in the form of P4YE attending court hearings and by getting him into a weekly job club, which led to him obtaining a recognised qualification with TfL.

Helping Others — Relieved Parent

I want to thank P4YE for setting up this page, the immediate response I got from staff at P4YE was a breath of fresh air, they were knowledgeable & offered great advice which helped me to deal with the school system & to help my son get back on track. P4YE came down to legacy in Croydon to help us register our son there & I feel they went over & beyond for people who are struggling with all these systems. I cannot thank P4YE enough.