Youth Program

Youth Program

Let us invest in our future generation!

Empowering young people in developing leadership and employment skills is at the heart of the Youth Program.
Our Youth Program uses holistic and flexible approaches to encourage Empowerment, Education and Participation to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged children and young people within hard to reach communities in Greater Manchester.

NESTAC Supplementary School (NSS)

NSS was established since 2011, providing support to disadvantaged children especially those from new emerging communities (refugees, asylum seekers, new EU migrants from African origins) but not exclusively.

The project strives to overcome educational and social barriers via:
– Homework Club provision, helping CYPs to achieve academically
– Art Club, promoting diversity through art activities
– Cross-cultural heritage, encouraging social cohesion
– Youth volunteering opportunities

The project also aims to ensure the emotional wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) involved via:
– Provision of culturally adapted counselling
– Art therapy

Hopes and Dreams Project

The project gives space to CYP migrants to express themselves through the use of creative art-based micro-projects, mainly around music, short films, dance, painting and poetry, to combat discrimination and promote community cohesion.

NESTAC youths have championed in campaigning against discrimination and against FGM, producing booklets, paintings, songs and lyrics…

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Angeline’s Story:

19-year-old Angeline is an R&B singer, campaigner and aspiring journalist brought up in Rochdale. A Youth Music project has helped her educate and inspire other young people by opening up about her past.


‘Hopes and Dreams’, a project run by local charity NESTAC, brought together young people – including many who came to the UK as asylum seekers or refugees – to share their diverse cultural experiences through music-making and explore the issues they’ve faced in their lives.

Angeline comes from a Congolese community where female genital mutilation (FGM) was practised. With NESTAC’s support, she’s spoken out about her own experience and become a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.

FGM National School Program

This is part of the national FGM School programme led by our partner FORWARD.

At NESTAC, we work to educate and empower all children and young people on the harmful effects of FGM.  Our national school programme, which has been successfully running for over seven years nationally, is a youth-friendly course designed to inform pupils on the effects of FGM.

NESTAC also delivers tailored FGM awareness sessions to school staff on how to deal with cases of FGM in their institutions across the North-West of England, reaching primary school, secondary school, college and university students.

The National School Program offers the following services:

  • Bespoke and flexible sessions that can be tailored to the schools needs
  • FGM safeguarding sessions for all staff (teachers and non-teaching staff)
  • Age appropriate material and content for pupils
  • Guidance and support for pupils after sessions
  • Parents’ sessions
  • A schools program information pack – available on request

To book for training sessions, please do contact us directly by emailing info@nestac.org.uk

Educational Program

NESTAC is well-known for developing bespoke trainings that increase cross-cultural awareness of newly arrived migrants and of the wider community, their insight and understanding of cultural diversity, beliefs and traditions to strengthen community cohesion.

The following trainings and workshops are available at NESTAC:

Womens program

– Hair Braiding Course
– Costume Making Course
– Cultural cooking and hospitality course

The above courses have embedded functional skills in their programmes.

 

Open to all course program

– ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): for families from new emerging communities including refugees and asylum seekers
– French, Portuguese and Swahili (African Language): open to the entire community, to explore the knowledge of an alternative language.
– Basic ICT studies (Information and Communication Technologies)

 

NESTAC is also a UK online centre, and access to our computers is FREE

 

In-house trainings and placements for volunteers interested in supporting the migrant population, that might lead to contracted work internally.

 

Practice placement: NESTAC hosts students in placement from Colleges and Universities across Greater Manchester.

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