Journey of a Young Leader

There are 4 key stages in the Voyage journey to becoming a Young Leader.

Engaging Workshops

We offer a number of workshops delivered in year assembly groups, lessons and community groups that last from 30 minutes to an hour. This is when we are able to get into schools and develop a conversation with teachers and explore how we can encourage sign up to our schemes and can provide additional support. Workshops cover a number of areas including mental health, community safety and the importance of being a leader.

The Young Leaders Programme

After participating in workshops and going through suitable screening, young people participate in the 12 week programme leadership programme taking place from April to June. The project begins with a residential at an outdoor activity centre, followed by bi-weekly sessions ran at our base at the Hackney Community College (we are independent from the college).

Leadership Initiative

The YLfSC programme is not the end of the journey for young leaders. The Leadership Initiative is about ensuring that young people utilise the skills and opportunities they have been exposed to, to learn more about how they can be positive agents in their community. During this programme young people are making key decisions about their further education and their careers and our partners and team make a concerted effort to guide individuals with as many positive opportunities as possible.

First year leader – Young people are securing their educational choices and undertaking additional qualifications. This includes Arts and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Second year leader – Our young leaders participate in research and social action projects with Voyage focused on a key community issue. Graduates at this level will be assigned a mentor who will be on hand to support them as they transition from school into college which is supported by a minimum of 12 hours of volunteering in the community.

  • First year leader

    Is about securing their educational choices and obtaining the criteria for accessing their pathways and a chance to undertake additional qualifications. Arts Award, First aid and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

  • Second year leader

    This year the focus is on taking on a research and social action project with Voyage on a key community issue and is training with us to take part in raised level public speaking on key issues. Graduates at this level will be assigned a mentor who will be on hand to support them as they transition from school into college which is supported by a minimum of 12 hours of volunteering in the community.

  • Third year leader

    A key leader who participates in debates, public speaking and is clearly involved in their own community as a young and active voice. At this leadership level the graduate joins Voyages in house team as a volunteer and supports our programme development, helps us recruit students, undertake and assists us delivering our programmes


Upon completion of the leadership initiative, our young leaders become ambassadors for Voyage. Having participated in a host of capacity raising exercises, they are informed and have the resilience to thrive in further education and/or employment. At this stage, we are keen for them to return to Voyage to support our structured programmes, and help us elevate the voices of young people.

Voyage Programmes


Community Safety and Leadership Workshops

Know Your Rights

A series of workshops in schools and community organisation to spread knowledge of UK laws and police operations. We believe these procedures drive a wedge between young people from all backgrounds and the police and we want to change that.

Violent Crime

A powerful workshop delivered in schools, guiding young people of all ethnicities through scenarios, film and discussions to help them improve their reactions, decisions and choices. We aim to change young people’s attitudes to, and perceptions of, crime and raise awareness of the impact of violence.

Young Leaders for Safe Cities
Young Leaders for Safer Cities

Leadership Initiative

Young Leaders for Safe Cities (YLFSC)

An accredited BTEC course for people aged 14-15 taught in groups of up to 25. The YLFSC programme, developed by the VOYAGE team, aims to:

  1. Nurture young leaders to support and improve their communities; to tackle crime issues; and to improve community services from local providers. We want young people to be inspired to influence and shape local services.
  2. Help young people learn about leadership, citizenship and community social responsibility.
  3. Ensure the voices of young people are listened to and help to build and sustain relationships with others from across London.
  4. Provide support for progress from school to higher education, training and the world of work.

South Hackney Leadership Academy (SHLA)

The SHLA offers access to this unique programme to about 45 young people aged between 15 and 17. The academy provides a compelling framework that encourages educational progress and builds skills and confidence.

We bring together graduates of our YLFSC programme and young people from the local community and beyond for a high-quality, well-run course.

There is a need for programmes that both fill the gaps left by disappearing youth provision and combat the spectre of youth-related violence.

We demonstrate progression opportunities and engage professionals who can inspire our young people by demonstrating the possibilities ahead of them.

Young Black Positive Advocates

VOYAGE now has hundreds of graduates from its programmes who we encourage, through this open network, to share their experiences. That way they can continue to guide and inspire each other – and the next generation.



VOYAGE developed this unique personal development course to assist those aged 16 and over who are deemed at risk, are on managed exclusions or have limited educational options. It is a 10-week programme with optional mentoring to follow.

Young people who complete the course show significantly reduced levels of re-offending patterns and behaviour and greater resilience to peer pressure.

They have improved attitudes to study, work and those in positions of authority and, as a result, improved career prospects.

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