Project Description

APOW

APOW (Amazing People of the World) is our local project in Croydon, run with the Refugee Council, where around 30 young people gather to run creative workshops together. It provides a regular space for young people who are newly arrived in the UK, most of whom are here alone without family.

Our mission is to create a positive and inclusive culture where we can all feel a sense of community and togetherness, feel needed and useful, and get inspired.

The aim of our creative activities is for young people to:

  • learn from each other and our cultures
  • feel proud and enjoy the process
  • learn what is available for them and not feel isolated
  • develop confidence, social skills, teamwork and leadership

We use creative expression to explore the identities of the individuals and the group. Young people are involved at every stage of the projects, including planning, facilitation and evaluation.

Our greatest achievement is creating a genuine atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect among young people, which doesn’t rely on the involvement of youth workers and facilitators.

Our activities have included:

  • animation
  • banner making
  • dance
  • discussions
  • film making
  • mask making
  • participatory photography
  • poster designing
  • visual arts

We also run day and residential trips for our young members, and have organised larger youth events. These include summer parties, sports days, an Eid party, a talent show, and residential trips to a farm in Kent, run by the Quadrangle Trust.

In December 2016, the young people in APOW led a big arts event, Express Yourself, at the Clock Tower in Croydon, where young people from different groups came together to share their work.

Our partnership with Croydon Youth Services enables us to make regular use of local youth centres, run sports activities in local parks, and trips out and about to explore London.

For more information on APOW, please contact us at info@refugeeyouth.org