Camden STEAM Commission report released

A new report, ‘Creating Camden’s 21st Century Talent’ by the Council-led Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Commission, sets out plans for how our young people can better benefit from the global organisations working in Camden. 

The report was launched at Google UK’s offices in King’s Cross on Monday, 12 June, during London Tech Week (12 to 16 June). 

 World-renowned institutions, including the British Library, the Francis Crick Institute and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, alongside companies such as Google UK and ASOS, have the potential to inspire and support our young people to aim high and forge exciting careers in the 21st-century economy.

Read the report here.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council said “Succeeding in this economy will increasingly require young people to have a fusion of skills - creativity blended with digital and science ability.

“The STEAM Commission’s ambition is to link businesses strongly with schools and further education colleges to help deliver the 21st century talent they need and, in so doing, to guarantee the best opportunities and futures for all our young people.

The STEAM Commission report’s recommendations include:

  • developing a new higher level apprenticeship and work experience offer with companies working in Camden’s Knowledge Quarter.
  • Business should collobarte with the Young Camden Foundation to facilitate Camden Challenge 
  • encouraging employees to volunteer as school governors or as speakers (‘STEAM ambassadors’) in schools to make sure young people are informed, inspired and better able to take advantage of these employers on their doorstep.
  • developing youth ‘STEAM champions’ in schools and colleges to spur on their classmates.

STEAM Commission Chair, Dinah Caine CBE, presented the report and its findings. She said: “Our economy is changing and we are now experiencing the beginning of a fourth Industrial Revolution. We need to ensure a model is in place that prepares our businesses and young people to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“Camden’s STEAM Commission sets out to promote Camden’s successful creative and knowledge economy and to ensure our businesses continue to succeed by having access to diverse, young, local talent. For this to happen, it’s vital that today’s young people and subsequent generations have STEAM embedded into their education, their out of school activities and their careers advice, working in close partnership with business, education, young people and the Council. We will all start work now to make the recommendations in today’s report a reality.”

The event also included a panel discussion, chaired by BBC News Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed and with contributions from Film Director Gurinder Chadha OBE. 

Amanda Timberg, Head of Staffing Programs for Google in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “At Google we see every day how passionate young people are about making a positive impact on the world. Engaging in cross-curricular courses, projects and extracurricular activities joins the dots and shows young people how they can make this a lifelong pursuit.

“We hope this report sets out clear ways for these young people, their parents and carers, schools and businesses to broaden these opportunities in Camden and increase their access.”

Kyro Brooks, Chief Executive of the newly-established Young Camden Foundation, said: “We need to set ambitious goals for our young people. The report highlights the need for a community-wide approach to empower Camden’s young people with the range of skills to enable them to take the opportunities that the creative, scientific and digital economy offer. The Young Camden Foundation welcomes and is ideally placed to help build on the recommendations of the STEAM Commission. We are committed to working collaboratively to support young people, bringing together organisations across all sectors to look at new and innovative ways to ensure we invest in local talent so they have the right skills to flourish.”


One Camden grants announced!!!

The Young Camden Foundation is excited to announce £60,000 worth of ‘One Camden’ grants for projects which encourage young people to work together across Camden’s diverse communities, to support youth volunteering and bring together the borough’s younger and older generations.

A list of successful projects and a brief description is below. The successful projects are to receive grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 from YCF.

A panel of young people and older residents was involved in assessing the grant applications and making recommendations to the YCF Board which were all approved.

Kyro Brooks, Chief Executive of the Young Camden Foundation, said: “YCF was formed to improve opportunities for all young people in Camden. We are delighted to be able to support such a variety of youth-led projects bringing communities together to support our young people.

Camden’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths. We are proud to be supporting projects which promote community cohesion and putting young people at the heart of what we do.”

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, who worked with young people in Camden to set up the Young Camden Foundation, said: “I’m really excited that the Foundation’s ‘One Camden’ grants programme will support some powerful projects bringing people together across generations and cultures. Camden’s young people are growing up in a vibrant, diverse community where over 130 languages are spoken. I am proud of the creative, compassionate young citizens of Camden who are embracing this opportunity to show we are strongest when we are united.”

Alice Weavers, youth participation officer from Fitzrovia Youth in Action, said: “It is great to have the support of YCF. This funding will help hundreds of young people participate in football, volunteer as a steward and create an event which will bring the whole community together for one of Camden’s biggest football tournaments.”

Mira Kaushik OBE, director of Akademi, said: “For many years, Akademi has been working with young people across Camden and also isolated and inactive older adults, bringing South Asian dance to schools and community organisations. This project provides an opportunity to bring both of these groups together to learn a new dance style and explore new cultural experiences together.”

One Camden funded projects

Akademi – Intercultural and intergenerational Bollywood dance performance

Ardhmeria - A community event to celebrate national children's day led by young people

Bengali Workers Association - Intercultural Hip Hop Dance show

Coram's Field - Youth lead and developed project to support the homeless

Fitzrovia Youth in Action- a borough-wide youth-led ‘Unity Cup’ football tournament

Kentish Town Community Centre - Celebrating diversity through sharing and the cooking of traditional recipes

Kingsgate Community Association - arts and community project for Kilburn called #LoveHasNoBorders

Kentish Town City Farm – pottery used to bring together local young people and older

New Horizon Youth Centre - Community Garden regeneration project and celebratory BBQ

North London Cares – Launch of 10 intergenerational social clubs sharing skills and company

NW5 Community Play Project - Joint activities between youth groups and disability groups

Older People's Project (OPP) SLKT - Intergenerational programme of events building on the success of a pilot all age 70’s Disco

Our Lady Help of Christians Church - Several activities during intergeneration week including youth music show

Ping Pong Camden - Intergenerational ping pong project

Somali Youth Development Resource Centre - an oral history project led by different generations of the local Somali and Congolese community

Urban Outdoors London - Carnival to celebrate Bengali New Year, designed by local schools

WAC- Intergenerational 'home life' film

Fiona Millar announced as YCF chair

The Young Camden Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Millar as Chair. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are excited to work with her going forward.

On her appointment, Fiona said “ I am delighted to be able to take up the chair of the Young Camden Foundation. I went to school and university in Camden; all my children have been to school here and most of my adult life has been spent involved in education in the borough.

I have always believed the best way to achieve big social change is by starting small, in your local community. The Young Camden Foundation provides us with a great opportunity to draw on the fantastic resources and enormous goodwill that exists here and use them for the benefit of all our young people.”

Fiona Millar is a journalist specialising in education issues. She started her career in Fleet Street as a news reporter and then political correspondent before becoming a freelance journalist and going to work for Tony Blair when he became Leader of the Opposition and in Downing Street between 1995 and 2003.

After leaving Downing Street she started writing for the Guardian about education policy and is a regular contributor to debates on TV and radio. Between 2003 and 2010 Fiona chaired the Family and Parenting Institute, a leading research body for family policy. In 2013 she helped to set up the National Youth Arts Trust, a charity created to help helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the performing arts. In 2009 she published “The Secret Life of the Working Mother” a book examining the work life balance dilemmas faced by many women.

She has been a governor of three Camden schools and is currently the Chair of Governors at William Ellis School,  a governor in the La Swap Sixth Form Consortium and a member of the Camden Schools Forum.

The Young Camden Foundation gains charitable status

We are delighted to announce that the Young Camden Foundation has received confirmation from the charity commission that we have been successful and our charity number is 1172314.

Our registered charitable objectives are:

The promotion of the efficiency and effectiveness of charities and the effective use of charitable resources by organisations working with children and young people for the benefit of the public by providing support and advice to charities and through assisting non-charitable organisations to directly further a charitable purpose.

To advance in life and relieve the needs of young people through making grants to organisations that do any or all of the following:
a. the provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life;
b. providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.



One Camden £60,000 grant scheme launched

We are excited to say that last night we launched the One Camden £60,000 grant scheme.

The grants are now available to anyone working around the theme of ‘One Camden’. Our aim is to bring together Camden’s diverse communities, especially those who might not otherwise meet and interact.

We are asking for submissions for projects that fit in with this theme through one of the following ideas:

Working with cultures other than your own: This could be with different ethnic groups, cultural groups, or groups with a particular focus such as sports groups working with arts groups. 

Volunteering: Projects that offer time and resources to groups or people you normally would not interact with

Intergenerational Work: Projects that bring together people from all ages, for instance, young people with pensioners

The deadline to apply for funding is Friday, 14 April and all projects must have a completion date before 31 December 2017. In order to apply for grants, applicants must be a registered member of the Young Camden Foundation.

Cllr Georgia Gould, Cabinet Member for Young People, Adults and Health said "I’m really excited about the launch of our ‘One Camden’ small grants programme and we’re looking forward to seeing some applications from local organisations that will harness some of the best talent and ideas to benefit young people and bring together different generations and cultures.

We also want as many organisations to become members and supporters of the foundation as possible to help us protect youth services in the face of continuing cuts from central government."

One member of the YCF board is Stephen Greene, founder of Rock Corps, a pro-social production company that uses music to inspire people to volunteer and get involved in their community. Commenting on the foundation, Stephen said:

“The foundation is already bringing together an exciting range of organisations from across various sectors - all of whom have an interest in helping our young people to fulfil their potential. Society works best for young people when it has full and combined participation from the business, government and social sectors. Camden has some of the best of all three.

“My company, Rock Corps, is delighted to be part of something that is pooling knowledge and passion to make a real difference to the lives of young people in Camden.”


New young people’s foundation planned

Camden Council's Cabinet last night agreed proposals for a Camden Young People’s Foundation as part of revised plans to reshape the borough’s youth support services.

The new charitable youth foundation will involve the Council joining forces with voluntary and community organisations to harness our collective strength and pull in more funding for youth services than is now available.

The Camden Young People’s Foundation will boost partnerships within the youth sector and help protect youth work and services which are open to all young people from further central government cuts.

The youth foundation proposal was agreed by the Council’s Cabinet last night (Wednesday, 6 April) as part of changes to youth support services, which will save £1.6 million overall*.

An eight-week consultation received nearly 500 responses – many of them from young people. As a result of this feedback, none of the Council’s five main youth centres will close at present.

Somers Town Youth Centre, Fresh Youth Academy in Highgate and Kilburn Youth Station will become our three main ‘hub’ centres, opening for reduced hours – but for longer than originally proposed.

The Cabinet also agreed to keep the South Camden Youth and Connexions Access Point (SCYAP) running, while looking at options – including the proposed youth foundation - to protect our youth services from further cuts in future.

The revised plans also mean funding two posts to continue valuable work on preventing gang activity and youth violence and helping to address issues early before they become bigger problems.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Cabinet Member for Young People and Economic Growth, said: “We were struck time and again by how highly young people value our youth workers, projects and services.

"We have thought hard about what those who responded – many of them young people - had to say and have looked again to see how we can provide high quality targeted services and sustain a universal service for all our young people in the face of continuing cuts to our budget by central government.”

*Note: any decisions made at last night's Cabinet meeting (6 April 2016) are subject to a call-in period.

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