Thursday 3 December 2015
On Wednesday 25 November, a team from the Northamptonshire youth club ‘Corby Youthie’ visited the University of Northampton before dashing off to an interview with the Radio 1 team.
Corby Youthie is an initiative which was co-founded by Natalie Campion, a graduate and current University of Northampton staff member. Natalie created the project to help solve some social challenges young people face in Corby. Corby Youthie offers young people aged between 11-17 the chance to meet new people, play indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, a variety of themed events and the opportunity to take part in sports.
Natalie and fellow leader Terry Hunter presented the new project to second year students studying on the Social and Community Development degree. They provided an interactive session using the De Bono 6 Thinking Hats theory to critically consider the impact of such social challenges.
Following the event, Natalie and Terry were interviewed by Radio 1 presenter Chris Stark and his team. Natalie explained: “The overall aim of Corby Youthie is to bring our community together and encourage Corby youths to reach their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.
It was great to inspire students and meet Radio 1’s Chris and the team! We demonstrated the social impact of the project, and they were blown away with the impact Corby Youthie has made on the area. They said they cannot believe the determination of the team and its volunteers.”
With a recent Sports Leaders accreditation, Corby Youthie is also working towards giving the young people the chance to earn UCAS points and/or NVQs. The team received an award in September 2015 as winners of the Spirit of Corby Awards in the Educational category and will be collecting an award on 7 December at the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs ceremony for New Project Pioneer award in Northamptonshire 2016. The team are also supporting the Radio 1 #1millionhours campaign.
If you or anyone you know is interested wants to join the team and get on board with the Radio 1 #1millionhours campaign, then email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest and they will be in touch. To find out more about Corby Youthie, visit: http://corbyyouthie.org/ or like their Facebook page: Corby Youthie.