Sol – defender of our youth

Former England and Arsenal football captain Sol Campbell gave Catalyst’s youth work a ringing endorsement this week as he visited the Pathways 2 Progress (P2P) project in Wornington Green, North Kensington.

The footballer came to visit P2P to film a special edition of BBC’s Panorama programme called ‘Sol’s Lost Boys’ which will air next year. The programme will focus on youth unemployment among African Caribbean young men. Also interviewed were Catalyst’s young people and family provision manager Twilight Bey and a local Catalyst resident called Hilton. Both talked about how P2P’s mentoring programme helps young people.

 

Commenting on the project, Mr Campbell said:

“P2P is a great concept. It’s all about helping disadvantaged young people get out of their current environment and do better. These initiatives are pillars to the community. The government should be putting more money into them as they are fantastic.

“They help people do something and young people should do something. Be proactive and use your two feet. If they are too far from you and you don’t have the money to travel there, walk to there. The benefits you will get are fantastic.”

Hilton, a 22-year-old Wornington Green resident, is one of the young people who got the chance to meet Sol. He’s been mentored by P2P for the last seven years and was full of praise for the project.

Hilton said:

“P2P has taught me how to be a positive, respectful young person. It’s helped me articulate what I want to say which has helped me in job interviews. I’ve grown so much as a person and my journey hasn’t ended yet. I’m hoping to get much more out of the project.”

P2P aims to address the needs and support the aspirations of young people between the ages of 12 and 21. Through mentoring and support, the project hopes to steer young people away from crime and into fulfilling lives.

Through the work of P2P, young people can take part in regular drop-in sessions, one-to-one mentoring and training schemes. They are also actively encouraged to become leaders in their communities to help address issues such as gang culture.

For more details on P2P call 020 8964 6437.