In close partnership with the Hamara Healthy Living Centre and the British Asian Rugby Association (BARA), the Youth Charter is looking to provide a community based ‘out of school’ project that will incorporate existing initiatives and hopefully lead to an increase in the usage of local sporting and community resources. Focusing on 5 schools, the project aims to train 100 Social Coaches to work with Beeston’s young people and the community.
The Youth Charter effort in Scotland began with the Youth Charter assisting fifteen young people with a ticket provision from B.A. to visit Los Angeles as part of the ‘Spirit of Hulme and Moss Side Tour of L.A.’ in 1994. Both Tour Groups met at the First A.M.E. Church, the first step in the development of the Anglo Scottish Youth Culture Initiative. In dialogue with the then Scottish Sports Council, the Youth Charter contributed its Moss Side experience with the sharing of its intervention strategy and initiatives.
A multi agency collaboration was established with the YMCA in Dumfries inviting the Youth Charter to assist and advise in the re-development of the local YMCA. In 1997 and with the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games bid building momentum, the Youth Charter was invited to contribute to the Commonwealth Heads of Government ‘Building a Nation through Sport’ conference. The Youth Charter presented the Youthwise programme and Commonwealth Toolkit to the Commonwealth Member countries and their ministers. The Youth Charter also supported and assisted the Commonwealth Sports Awards with the Youth Charter scrolls presented to award recipients. The scrolls were presented by Scottish rugby stars and Youth Charter scroll signatories Gavin Hastings and Scott Quinell. The Youth Charter also contributed to the Commonwealth Youth Festival. An ongoing dialogue with Sport Scotland was maintained with the Youth Charter presenting the Citizenship in Action legacy opportunity at Scotland’s ILAM conference in 2004. The Youth Charter then presented its cultural framework at the ILAM Young People – Challenging Communities Conference in Edinburgh Following the conference, the Youth Charter was approached by Stephen Kepplinger who, with the support of the Youth Charter has established a charity, which for the past four years has received advocacy, support, advice, project / programme strategic planning and mentoring.
In 2013 the Youth Charter presented its Legacy in Action Manifesto at the 10th Scottish Sports Development Conference. The Glasgow Legacy Forum and ongoing legacy effort sees the Youth Charter’s philosophy, mission, aims and objectives contributing to a potential legacy opportunity for all.