A UCL and Islington partnership project meeting young people’s life-skill and mental health needs.

About Project

The Empower-Islington project aims to identify, co-create, and assess the efficacy of life-skill workshops with Islington’s 16-25-year-olds to maximise their life chances post-COVID. This partnership combines Dr. Keri Wong’s expertise in youth mental health support and Islington’s mission to empower youths to explore post-16 options, employment, and education training opportunities.

Project Outline

Giving young people a voice

Through consultative interviews and focus groups with young people of Islington, the Empower-Islington team hopes to understand the short- and long-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on their education and employment needs, barriers to mental health access as well as the support they need now to thrive.

This is a key step that gives young people a space to voice their opinions, enabling Dr Keri Wong and student researchers to shape the project and 5 life-skills workshops according to young people’s needs.

Co-creating life-skills workshops

Informed by the input from Islington’s youth, the research team will co-create five live-skills workshops that aim to respond to the needs identified in interviews and focus groups.

Evaluating our project

The Empower-Islington team will work with young people and the Islington Council to evaluate the impacts of the 5 workshops on Islington youth. We will explore opportunities to integrate these ideas into the Council’s enriching youth programmes such that these impacts can be sustained.

Upcoming Events!

16th Feb: Islington West Library Meet-up!

Interviews with Islington Youth Council

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

21st Feb

Online interviews with Islington youth!

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

28th Feb

Online interviews with Islington youth!

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

7th March

Online interviews with Islington youth

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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This project has been reviewed and approved by the UCL IOE Research Ethics Committee REC 1735 with data protection number Z6364106/2022/11/128 on 16 December 2022.