Founded in 2016, Youth On The Move runs after-school clubs and other programmes for disadvantaged young people from London's most deprived boroughs. Many of their users have suffered from poverty, mental illness or social exclusion.

During the past year, Youth On The Move created ‘Play Power’, a production showcasing drama, dance, music and choir singing. Over 200 young people were involved and each was given a role - whether it was a part in the play, or behind the scenes collecting props, sewing costumes and designing backdrops.

The project was aided by Get Set Girls, an organisation of 18 to 19-year-old girls who volunteered to work with the young people. They suggested ideas, helped put their thoughts into action and were on hand for advice and a listening ear. These volunteers assisted throughout the months of preparation, and on the two nights of the performance.

“The young people literally transformed before our eyes. They learned important skills such as time management, responsibility, teamwork and perseverance, and the results were astounding. Confidence was built, with shy members slowly coming out of their shells.” Rachel Barnett, Youth On The Move

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