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Jasmine’s story: “I’ve learnt that the future isn’t something that should be feared”

Jasmine, 19 is a member at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone. She was referred to The Hive’s mentoring programme by her family support worker to…

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Supporter Spotlight – Janaki Allen

Janaki Allen has been a volunteer and Trustee of Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone since 2019. More recently she joined OnSide’s Board of Trustees. Here Janaki…

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Fawziya’s story: “I found my passion for film at Unitas”

Meet Fawziya, a 16-year-old member of Unitas, Barnet Youth Zone. Fawziya was encouraged to join the Youth Zone by her mum as a way to…

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Alex’s story: “The smiles were the first thing I noticed when I came through the door”

Alex joined Mahdlo, Oldham Youth Zone when he was 12 years old. A longstanding and active member of Mahdlo, and an OnSide Network Ambassador –…

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Camron’s Story: “Legacy Youth Zone is my second home”

When Camron first came to Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon he was having problems at his school with his behaviour. The Youth Zone has given…

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Dylan’s story: turning a passion to a career pathway

My name’s Dylan, I’m 17 and I’m a member at Future, Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone. I felt nervous and didn’t know what to expect…

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Supporter Spotlight – Mike Yates and the AKO Foundation

Mike Yates is co-Portfolio Manager at AKO Capital. We spoke to Mike about AKO Foundation's valued support of the OnSide Network of Youth Zones and the importance of equal opportunities for all.

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Ana’s story: A space to speak freely

Ana joined Future Youth Zone because she heard it was a place to talk. The Place2Be programme has changed how she copes with feelings.

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Ashley’s story: A musician that’s breaking the mould

When Ashley started at Legacy, it was clear that he was talented at music, football and basketball. He was very shy and introverted at first, but after spending time in the music studio and working closely with Music Youth Worker, Shannan, he started to come out of his shell and ask lots of questions around music production.

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Ava’s story: Young Fundraiser of The Year

Ava took part in her Youth Zone's annual sponsored walk, ‘Leg It For Legacy’. She was named Youth Fundraiser of the Year after beating her fundraising target and raising £130 for the Youth Zone.

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Jenny’s story: Building confidence

Jenny lives locally to one of the Youth Zones, she watched it being built and was excited to find out more about it. Jenny joined and started coming from the day it opened because she wanted to make new friends

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Adam’s story: “I’ve got a job and I’m excited for my future”

My name is Adam* and I’m a Young Leader at a Youth Zone in North West England. I joined before it had opened and was…

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