Current Projects in Incubation
BoxUpCrime aims to rebuild misguided dreams. The projects works with young people who need it the most, by using non-contact boxing sessions and bespoke mentoring programs in schools and within the communities. Over their 4 years of operation so far, they have established themselves as a leading voice in crime-reduction programmes in deprived areas of London.
The model is simple, yet effective. They rely on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to empower young people aged between 13-24 to take leadership, firstly of their own lives in order to take leadership of other people’s lives. Then they work with volunteers from churches and use church buildings to become Community BoxUp Hubs in their local area. This then brings about community engagement.
With the rise in teenage murders reaching an all-time high, BoxUp Crime have a vision to see churches pioneer social change across the capital. Their vision is that the UK will recognise the spiritual influence that the church plays in eradicating teenage murders and youth crime.
The Bus Stop teams up with local churches to engage with young people who are in need of support. Their unique mobile space means they can travel to where young people are, and where the need is greatest. They have a specific focus on young people in areas of deprivation or rural isolation.
Their converted bus comes with a youth worker and volunteers who train up local congregations in youth work. They run sessions on issues such as mental health and safe relationships, as well as providing a safe space for young people to drop in and chat.
95% of young people in England and Wales are not being supported by a local church – and Bus Stop want to change that. They believe that the church should be integral in supporting young people through their teenage years. Bus Stop want to plant more buses around the UK, each one adopted by a group of churches with the support of one trained youth worker.
Restore is an initiative created and led by the International Justice Mission, to help end human trafficking and modern slavery in London by mobilising the local church. We want to see a church in every borough equipped to join the fight against modern slavery through the “ABCs of abolition”:
A is access – churches form prayer communities to learn and pray about human trafficking and modern slavery in London and around the world.
B is broadcast – churches educate their communities about trafficking and ways to respond through regular events and fundraisers.
C is collaboration – churches take tangible action to support local authorities and other organisations as they rescue and restore victims.
The Giving Back project is one of Academy 3-13’s most exciting ventures and has been rolled out across the North East over the past 6 months. This two-week work experience opportunity is for young people aged 16-24 who are considered by the government to be NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
Academy 3-13 coordinates these projects in partnership with a local church, securing the referrals from the Job Centre and various training providers. All participants work together to help modernise a local community centre through painting, decorating, gardening, etc.. Those who complete the project receive:
- An NOCN Level 1 qualification in Teamwork
- Skills in painting & decorating
- Personalised one-to-one careers advice
- A reference
- A sense of satisfaction from giving something back to their local community.
- Key connections made with a local church
The vision is for these projects to be used nationally by the local church, with Academy 3-13 acting as a central service.
For over a decade, the Primetime Project have enabled disadvantaged young people to volunteer at their after-school clubs. Primetime Project was founded in Laisterdyke, which is a hugely diverse and poorly-integrated community, where young people are often victims of neglect, child-sexual-exploitation and hate-crime.
In recent years, they have established The Young Leaders Network, which is a weekly social and training session for young volunteers, aged 13-18. The project provides a safe space for young people to learn and to serve. This is acknowledged through custom-built accredited training, which has been designed to be inclusive and can be delivered after school. The project toolkit (including content and resources) equips local churches to connect with those most in need, and build communities of hope.
They provide a new and unique opportunity for the church to link with partners, to generate sustainable income, and to gain access to an increasingly challenging mission platform.