2017

CASE STUDY

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What is It's Lit Linkup?

It’s Lit Linkup 2017 began as 4 week programme that took place every Wednesday in the month of August, for 4 weeks. This programme was aimed at young people residing in Birmingham between the ages of 13 - 18 years old who might not have much going on in the summer holidays but who were keen to take part in group chat, discussion and debates.

It's Lit Linkup is a very simple concept of interactive games and group discussion between young people and young adults. It's an opportunity for these two groups of people to gather together, to reason with one another and an opportunity to pass on knowledge that could save their life. With real talking, relatable, down to earth discussion facilitators (no presentations or workbooks allowed) its a chance for them to share their story, respond to questions and get the youth thinking about their own lives and the next steps into their future.

Where is It's Lit Linkup?

This particular programme is called a Roadshow as we collaborated with multiple venues - who provide services for young people, around Birmingham to ensure that we were able to reach as much of the youth in the West Midlands as possible. 

We would like to extend special thanks to:

  • ACE Dance in Birmingham

  • The Light House Young People's Centre in Birmingham

  • The Pump in Kitts Green

  • New Nation Destiny Centre in Dudley

...all of whom donated their space and partnered with us to host each Link up each week

Where is It's Lit Linkup?

This particular programme is called a Roadshow as we collaborated with multiple venues - who provide services for young people, around Birmingham to ensure that we were able to reach as much of the youth in the West Midlands as possible. 

We would like to extend special thanks to:

  • ACE Dance in Birmingham

  • The Light House Young People's Centre in Birmingham

  • The Pump in Kitts Green

  • New Nation Destiny Centre in Dudley

...all of whom donated their space and partnered with us to host each Link up each week.

What social impact do we have?
 

We engaged with over 30 young people across the West Midlands

We developed stronger links 4 credible youth services within the West Midlands

Our group chat facilitators were all from different walks of life, sharing real life experiences with the young people and were empowered to see the value in their personal experiences

We hosted games and interactive activity with the young people to get their heart pumping and to improve their social skills

We provided a safe space for young people and young adults to reason and debate issues that matter to young people's lives and futures

We helped young people to understand what entrepreneurship means and how they can measure their own personal success to create empowerment and motivation

We helped young people to understand the importance of emotional wellbeing and offered practical ways in a fun and safe environment of how to take care of their mental health

We created a forum for young men to be open and honest about their lives and to glean from someone else's life experiences so they can make informed decisions

We helped young people to create practical tools and visual reminders that they could take away with them to help them to identify what they want for their future and how they are going to achieve it

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2017

PROGRAMME

The group chat was led by Smash Entertainz - a well known comedian in Birmingham, facilitated by Lianne (Big Light of Mine) and games ran by Serena (Master’s Touch). This session was all about being self employed and Smash offered his take from his first hand experience of what it takes to be a business owner, mentally and practically.

The group chat was led by Sharona Levy, facilitated by Lianne (Big Light of Mine) and games ran by Serena (Master’s Touch). The session was about Emotional Wellbeing, self awareness and the ability to listen and empathise with others. Sharona used her counselling experience to impart into the young people how important emotional wellbeing is to our lives.

The group chat was led by Richard, facilitated by Lianne (Big Light of Mine) and games ran by Serena (Master’s Touch). The session was about Road Life and how a life of crime may seem enticing but how the reality of the situation is very different. Richard drew on his own personal experiences to speak to the young people on a level about road, prison life and institutionalisation and relationships.

The group chat was led by Amuda, Deborah and Lianne from Off The Beat. The overall operations were facilitated by Lianne (Big Light of Mine) and games ran by Serena (Master’s Touch). The session was to discuss with the young people, what the true ingredients of success are and what practical tools can be given to help them attain this success in their future, mainly around their career path.

Want to book a programme?

If you like what you see and know of any young people who would benefit from this programme please use our contact form to register your interest. Quote 'LINKUPB' for a 10% discount.

IT'S LIT LINK UP 2017 FEEDBACK

“It was a privilege to share my journey with young people coming up and use it for something positive. I just highlighted certain pitfalls out there and hopefully helped them think about their own life. ”​

 

—  Richard, Facilitator