BSc Youth Work Student receives award from the Jack Petchey Foundation
Third year BSc Youth Work student Charlene Sagoe, who successfully completed a second year placement, received an award from the Jack Petchey Foundation. The competition allowed young people to vote and Charlene was recognised as a ‘Top Youth Worker’ at Beckton Globe youth centre.
Charlene was given £700 to utilise where necessary in the centre. She has organised herself well and has decided to use the money for social initiatives at the centre.
‘I've chosen a project for the girls of the centre. We previously had a girls project discussing positive relationships, peer pressure, identity and body image but because of government funds this was cut. The girls are always requesting for this project to run again but the centre had no funding for it so with this award fund I'm putting it towards this project for the girls.’
Charlene works one day a week at the placement as a sessional youth worker where she contributes to the centre’s daily activities, such as, communicating with young people who face issues with regards to studies, relationships with the opposite sex and family and friends. She states that young people usually have concerns about school and family life and tackling that with relationships and sex. She is expected to give an honest opinion and advise pupils based on her own judgement.
The youth centre is linked with other centres within the borough of Newham and consists of 10-12 members of staff.
After her degree, Charlene wants to continue her work with young people; looking at young offenders. She wants to work with women and encourage them to support each other.