Youth in Nature - youth work done right.
Probe has been proud to deliver the Youth In Nature (YiN) project, in partnership with Child Dynamic and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, city wide across Hull for the last few years, The YiN project has enabled young people aged between 11 - 24 from the Hull area to engage with wildlife and the environment; helping them to inspire people and enable conservation within their communities, as well as supporting them in gaining new skills relevant to finding jobs.
“As a parent whose 2 children are a part of Youth in Nature, I am thankful for the project. They have been given lots of wonderful opportunities due to their participation and they both really enjoy their time with the group.
My son is really enjoying being on the steering committee and is a youth ambassador for the project too. He spent his work experience shadowing one of the project leaders, and has had such a fun, informative week that really made him think about different career opportunities.
“The adults who run the project are hardworking and dedicated and their enthusiasm certainly rubs off on the young people. They have grown a tight knit and nurturing group where the youngsters feel safe enough to be themselves and confident enough to shine.
“My son is on the autism spectrum and the group’s leaders have helped him with various issues and life problems that have arisen. He has always been dealt with in a positive way and his confidence has grown exponentially since he joined the project, even travelling to Northern Ireland with other members to attend a conference. My youngest was very shy at first but she has really come out of her shell and I believe that her participation has had an overwhelmingly positive effect.
“Not only has Youth in Nature been a good experience for them with regard to personal development but it has had a real and lasting impact on their understanding of the world and their impact on it. They are both very aware of conservation and global green issues due to work undertaken during group time. They have enjoyed designing, physically working on and developing local projects and have shown great pride in their achievements.
The project has given them a place to make friendships, learn new skills, but also become more engaged citizens with an understanding of why it is important to look after our world for themselves and future generations.
This project is an example of youth work done right, engaging, educational and enjoyable.”
As Probe’s Youth in Nature project enter’s its final phase we have had so many triumphs collectively and individually whilst helping local young people. We’re all really proud to have led the Our Bright Future project supported by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Child Dynamix and Environmental Management Solutions but when we see amazing feedback like this it adds perspective to the job Probe does in the community.