The No More Red initiative launched in January with adidas to support the long-standing work being done by Arsenal in the Community to keep young people safe from knife crime and youth violence.
Within that, one of the aims was to spotlight the work of young people who have made a positive difference, and here we celebrate five of them for the work they have put in to Arsenal in the Community programmes and beyond. So, well done to Isaac, Meadow, Rawand, Chelsea and Elyse, who will each receive one of the iconic white shirts that highlight the campaign.
Isaac is 23 years old and a member of Arsenal in the Community’s Amputee Football Programme. Having recently joined our programme following surgery Isaac has demonstrated outstanding bravery, commitment and motivation. He is a role model for individuals who join our group and through his own experiences can empathise and build connections with others. Isaac is passionate about sports and keen to pursue a career in coaching.
Meadow is an Islington resident who recently completed a Level 3 Facilities Management course with Islington Council. Having applied for the apprenticeship after leaving school, Meadow has demonstrated an excellent commitment to working practices and has really blossomed over the past two years. She recently finished runner-up in the national Public Service People Management Association award and has gone on to deliver presentations to groups of young people, offering her experience of work and her brilliant work ethic. She is an inspiration to other young people in the borough and is proof that with determination, hard work and commitment you can achieve your goals.
Rawand is a Camden resident who has been in involved in our Kicks programme for the past three years. Starting as a participant, he progressed through our Young Leaders programme and now supports the delivery of football activities on local estates. Although he is passionate about football, he has also demonstrated a strong commitment to giving back to his community. Rawand is a fantastic role model for younger participants, setting a positive example for them to follow.
Chelsea is a youth worker in Islington with the Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP). Having started engaging with CYP when he was ten years old with his two brothers, he plays a key role in engaging and supporting local young people. Starting as a participant, Chelsea went on to become a Youth Mentor aged 16 and a Youth Volunteer aged 18 before joinig the CYP Youth Work team as a trainee aged 21. He has also worked for the Islington Play Association and is highly respected within his community as a positive role model.
Elyse is 17 years old and passionate about sport. She is a young athlete and currently studying a BTEC Level National Diploma in Sports. Alongside this Elyse is motivated to support others, so she recently trained to become a peer mentor and is now an ambassador for Jigsaw, an Islington-based mentoring organisation. She acts as a positive role model for young people who are facing challenges and supports them through building relationships and sharing her own experiences.
Huge congratulations to all of our young role models.
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