Evolving Youth Leadership Project
Nineteen students of Level 3 Year 1 Public Services have decided to join an externally offered project named “Evolving Youth Leadership Project”. This is a project funded by the Home Office, run by Haringey Council and delivered by New Choices of Youth (NYC).
The main aim of the programme is to develop the leadership skills of our students who volunteered to join this exciting external course while educating themselves on what Prevent is and the radicalisation processes. This includes studying about far right violent extremism as well as Daesh inspired extremism. On completing the projects, our students are expected to have developed additional necessary skills to be confident, resilient and knowledgeable about the Prevent agenda and the radicalisation process to positively influence others, and provide a counter narrative if necessary. Home office has even further, more ambitious plans-the 2016/17 Level 3 Year 1 Public services group will become part of an advisory panel.
This external project is planned to run parallel to the BTEC unit “Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services, so it presents a wonderful opportunity to enrich the knowledge of students on the unit’s topic and to use their experience gained from the external course to produce in-depth and high quality assignment tasks. They are confident this is the path to excellence and success.
The nine months’ programme, run jointly with a similar in size group of CoHNEL College, will consist of twelve evening workshops and modules and a three day residential. The residential will enhance practically the leadership and teamwork skills of students and there will be a graduation ceremony on completion.
- Understanding community value and belief systems
- Confronting negative emotional/religious/cultural behaviour
- Understanding terrorist networks and recruitment processes
- Managing change in a fast paced environment
- Corrective action techniques
- Motivation and effective communication
- Understanding the threat and Government response to UK National Security
- Conflict and chaos management
- The 2016/17 programme will also include a post BREXIT extremism focus.
Students will benefit not only what has already been written above. They will be able to add this course to their CVs and personal statements for UCAS. Some of them are exploring opportunities to study Anti-terrorism studies, currently offered by Imperial college and a couple of other universities.
Suzan Suleyman, Vlado Stoenchev – Teachers for Public Services