JYCA was set up two years ago by young Somali refugees who sought to provide a support network for young people from refugee backgrounds, newly arrived from Somalia. It has done this through connecting young people together through sports, mentoring, practical advice and guidance and giving young Somalis a platform to speak.
Over the last two years Jubba has worked collaboratively with Listen Up/ Yong Muslim Voices which aims to give young people a voice about issues affecting them in the current socio-political context and to have an impact on decision-makers.
In 2008 the project won the Philip Lawrence award. Since JYCA was established it has worked with over 1500 young people, particularly excluded. JYCA is now at an exciting stage in its development.
Jubba’s vision is:
A society in which young people are empowered with the skills, knowledge and voice to be leaders in the community, to play an equal and positive role in society, to achieve highly, and to contribute to making Britain fairer, equal and more just.
JYCA is youth led organisation whose mission is to improve the quality of life and life chances of young people within the community by empowering them with skills, opportunities and a collective voice.
By 2012, Jubba will be a high profile youth led community organisation empowering excluded communities.
Jubba is a group of young people living in Islington who have come together and set up their own youth led organisation. We currently work with over 200 young people from the community to develop their skills and confidence through sports, culture and mentoring. We campaign on issues important to young people and work in partnership with statutory, community and faith organisations.
Jubba Youth promotes high achievement amongst refugee communities, specifically Somali youths. The project aims to bring a divided community together, promoting unity and respect. Through engaging with these exclude young people we aim to improve the quality of their lives and their life chances.