Vote for the FBB TV Youth Voices project and help us win 5K from the Aviva Community Fund

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Vote for the FBB TV Youth Voices project and help us win 5K from the Aviva Community Fund

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our supporters, we managed to raise £7,500 to buy the equipment needed to set up FBB TV, our very own youth-led online platform that provides the digital media skills to make young peoples’ voices heard. With our supporters help, FBB TV was born…

Now we have an amazing opportunity to win a £5000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund to train 20 young people over the next 6 months for our exciting new FBB TV “Youth Voices” project – and all we are asking our supporters to do is to VOTE for our project here! It takes 2 minutes to vote, and each voter gets 10 votes – so please give FBB TV as many votes as you can and help us boost our chances of winning the grant – please also share this page and ask your friends and family to get voting too – the competition will be stiff as there are many great projects out there!

What will the project involve?

We would like to begin delivering this in July 2015. This six month intensive project will support 20 young people in South East London from BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds and will help them develop transferable skills that will enhance their employability, whilst allowing them to communicate the issues which affect them. They will be trained in filming, editing and will also be supported to develop skills such as project management, self-confidence, presentation skills, working as a team and meeting deadlines. Over the 6 months of the project, the group will be supported to make a series of short films about social issues relating to football. The project will consist of one to two hour weekly digital and film-making workshops as well as experience trips to places such as Sky Sports studios and Arsenal FC’s stadium.

Why are we the right project to vote for?

Football Beyond Borders is well placed to deliver this project because we are currently engaging with over 40 young BAME men in Southwark through our free weekly community football sessions. A high proportion of these young people are – or are at risk of becoming – Not in Education, Employment or Education (NEET). Of these, 10 are currently engaged in our Young Leaders programme, which is supporting them to lead a campaign to renovate a local football pitch. We have also already been running a pilot FBB TV programme in one of the schools that we work in, Archbishop Lanfranc Academy in Croydon, with great success. 30 young people have learnt how to produce their own films and they have also been given media opportunities, such as visiting the Sky Sports studio and appearing on Arise TV.

Why is this project needed?

Many of the young people we work with no longer feel that the mainstream media represents them. There may be growing diversity on the football pitch, but this isn’t reflected in our media and in wider career opportunities in football. Growing inequality means that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t always get the chance to produce their own media, even if they possess the talent to do so. FBB TV aims to level the playing field by giving them the tools and training to flourish. FBB TV can provide the perfect platform for young people to harness their passion for football and produce socially engaging digital content. In an age of information, it is vital that young people have the means to tell their stories and become masters of their own future.

Watch the video below to find out the amazing impact that our projects are having with 13 year old Matthew Young from our FBB Schools programme at Archbishop Lanfranc in Croydon: