HISTORY OF PYE
Since then PYE have continued to expand and broaden their work and have developed a wide range of services, forming successful partnerships with several other boroughs including, Merton, Bromley, Camden, Wandsworth, Ealing and Southwark.
The PYE Project now works with young people, communities, youth services, policy makers, local groups, businesses and artists, with the aim of facilitating the development of a confident and constructive generation of young people.
Our work comes highly recommended and has been recognized for good practice by the Home Office, Lewisham Youth Offending Service, High Trees Community Trust, SB Medical and Bromley Mytime; as well as being featured on the award winning Paul O’Grady show and MTV. Our projects have received funding from; End Gang and Youth Violence, Communities Against Guns Gangs and Knives, Big Lottery Fund and Media Box.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
“I set up PYE over 10 years ago as a project inspired by the need for BME led, grass roots youth organisations in South East London. I remain 100% active in the everyday running of PYE and my role is as diverse as ever. I take a keen interest in every aspect of the business, from training and mentoring staff, to hosting events.
But perhaps my true passion lies in the ‘hands on’ work with the young people PYE support and advocate for, this is the aspect of our work I am devoted to and extremely proud of.
I am very fortunate to have gathered and built a skilled team with an ability to truly engage with and support young people considered ‘hard to reach’ or ‘hard to help’ – every day we are privileged to work with potential future leaders and world changers.
Most of all I am determined to see a reduction in young people becoming involved with criminality, gangs and violence. To achieve this PYE must not only work with young people, but also engage fully with policy makers and proponents for change in our communities. This is why I personally advocate for the rights of young people as Chair of the Lewisham Stop and Search Scrutiny Group and as a member of The Safer Neighbourhood Board.
PYE will continue to provide services that bridge the gap between young people and the wider community, encouraging the next generation and younger members of local communities to be instrumental in the fight for a brighter and safer future for all young people across the UK and beyond.”