Manchester Youth Empowerment Club (MYEC) aims to address the social issues affecting the teenagers from black ethnic minority in Manchester, especially from African migrants.
These include bullying, gang violence, drug & alcohol use, obesity, academic problems and social media addiction. We believe these issues emanated from the following; relationship breakdown among their parents, immigration issue, financial difficulties and much more.
MYEC provides activities that can help combat these social problems affecting our teenagers. These activities includes educational support – This is because we have identified maths and science as the key strategic influence in their education, which can improve their confidence in learning and therefore, we offer free maths and science class for all interested teenagers in Manchester with the vision of providing them with the confidence and knowledge to be successful in a growing STEM Industry. Our volunteers provide activities and classes that are held in-person at our centre and online at no cost to all attendees.
We provide mentorship programs with access to black role models in and around Manchester, organise seminars, workshops, conferences, and one-to-one mentorship when required. Our resilience- building mentorship programs are promoted through public policy with the goal of having multiple opportunities to build trusting and long-lasting relationships with our youths. We believe that mentoring/empowering can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood.
Every teenager that walks through our door or reaches out for our support will be made to feel comfortable and empowered. Our vision is to uplift each and every one who works with us consistently into the best they can be by identifying areas of improvement and helping to develop them. Our track record has shown that, with time and consistency, we can turn the shyest of teens with low self-esteem into a confident and outspoken individual. We found performing arts, music, drama and public speaking useful for building confidence, charisma, concentration, creativity, communication, and character, these are essential personable traits for standing out in the crowd, furthermore the development of emotional intelligence, nurturing of relationships and friendships will come in handy in day-to-day interactions.
Similar to performing arts, music helps young people release and or harness emotions and helps cope with difficult situations such as peer pressure, substance abuse, pressures of study and family, the dynamics of friendships and social life, and the pain of loss or abuse. Therefore, in MYEC, we create an enabling environment for them to learn and make music. This also includes learning how to play the musical instruments themselves.
We also understand that sports can become a powerful tool for development and learning. Because it promotes participation, inclusion, human values, acceptance of rules, discipline, health promotion, tolerance, gender equality, teamwork, among others. So, we organise an indoor and outdoor tournament of various sports during the summer period.
Our office is opened every weekday for drop-in session, where we provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of our beneficiaries who are young people. Our services include general information; advice and guidance; Seminar/Workshops, Educational Support, Mentorship programs, benefits checks; filling forms; destitution support as well as referring or signposting to specialists.
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