Exploring who we are with The Create Project

Exploring who we are with The Create Project

Cohort after cohort, thanks to the spirit and energy that the groups and their teachers bring, The Create Project continues to be a soul-enriching highlight of Nicole and I’s otherwise busy calendars. Having said that, special mention does need to go to the last group - Fiona and her class of 17 stellar students! They hail from places near and far, including Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia Peru, Spain, Sudan and Yemen...

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2018 has peaked! - a summer of Wakanda Wednesdays & Future Fridays

2018 has peaked! - a summer of Wakanda Wednesdays & Future Fridays

We’re only two thirds of the way through 2018 and I already know what my highlight will be come the new year - curating and delivering Wakanda Wednesdays and Future Fridays together with Vero. This was the summer holiday project we dreamt up with and for young people who live and/or study in Islington, inspired by Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’, as well as my Eritrean background and Vero's Ethiopian heritage (go team Habesha!)

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A summer of work experience for local young people

A summer of work experience for local young people

Another academic year has whizzed on by and, during that time, we've had the privilege of working with hundreds of new young people.

With the summer holidays just around the corner, dozens of secondary school students have begun descending on our spaces for the opportunity to gain work experience with us and with our local business partners, so it's been a busy month full of new faces and lots of buzz.

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Young people inspiring change in King's Cross

Young people inspiring change in King's Cross

Our garden has been feeling particularly special this spring and summer period. After what felt like a very, very long winter, not only is it now beautifully bursting with blooming wildflowers and our new colony of honeybees - it’s also been a constant hive of activity from our young people who have been making waves in the community.

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Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Daniel, 15, on his work experience placement

Every academic year, we host work experience placements for secondary school students, ensuring that we provide them with a meaningful opportunity to learn in a real-world work context. Here, Year 10 student Daniel writes about his placement with us: "I can honestly say that compared to literally any of my friends’ work experiences, I’ve done so much."

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Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

Sharing our traditions in the Skip Garden

I love it when the Skip Garden comes alive with the colours and flavours of heritage and seasonal rituals, writes Youth Programmes Manager Rachel Solomon. To me, it always speaks of how we are all connected, rather than different, because, at the heart of all these different customs, the values are all the same – the sharing and togetherness as well as the passing down of heritage and connecting with our ancestors is something we all do in our own unique ways.

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Junior Chef Club 2017

Junior Chef Club 2017

In the new year, we welcomed fresh new faces to the Skip Garden. The Junior Chef Club invited young people to join us on an exciting culinary journey - from the garden, to India, Japan and so much more! We delivered sessions on a variety of topics to enable participants to develop their cooking and social skills and connect with nature as well as their local community. 

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Take a bow, young people! - Theatre project & Generators’ Graduation

Take a bow, young people! - Theatre project & Generators’ Graduation

It’s January 2017. Almost February. It may seem rather unusual to wish the year ahead will reflect the one that has just gone by. But when I read our young people’s script in response to the Donmar’s all-female staging of Shakespeare's The Tempest at King’s Cross, and I remember the sound of their voices projected across the theatre hall, I want to go back in time. I want to re-experience those moments, feeling that hundreds of years of tradition and literature can still be alive and filling up our souls with sense, with reason and purpose.

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The Journey to Work...

The Journey to Work...

We all know that what makes each and every one of us feel inspired by and committed to finding and keeping meaningful work differs from person to person. But what ties us all together in terms of employability? What are the habits of mind that help us to thrive in our lives, in and out of work? And what are the best ways of cultivating these habits of mind? This is what we've set out to explore with our Global Generation WORKS programme participants, who are all young people aged under 30 and looking to get into work.

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An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

An Olympics-inspired Bug Stadium for Eurostar, by AKSHATA, 17

My experience of creating a bug hotel, or rather a ‘Bug Stadium’, has been an amazing one. It all started when around one year ago, I was briefed on the Eurostar project: “Come up with a design for an easy-to-maintain bug hotel and be inspired, make it your own!”. The idea my design surprisingly came to me rather quickly after I heard about the installation site’s vicinity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Why not build a bug hotel based on the design of the Olympic stadium? And hence, the ‘Bug Stadium’ was born.

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Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

Autumnal Pertwood experience for our Generators

“The trees are about to show us how beautiful letting go can be”... these words have stayed with me since I first came across them as autumn arrived and I was getting a group of young people on board to take to our campsite on Pertwood Farm in Wiltshire. As is often the case, Silvia and I felt trepidation...

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The Journey of :GEN - the KX jam

The Journey of :GEN - the KX jam

Eco-enterprise education has been integral to our work with young people since Global Generation started its work in King’s Cross. This summer, with funding from Greenboard, we were able to give a small group of our committed senior Generators the chance to come up with their own product, taking it from conception to promotion and finally to market. Here is the story of their journey.

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