My name is Toni and I was lucky enough to get involved with the MYL at the age of 14. I was in year 10 and on a slippery slope to failing my GCSE’s which would have made my career prospects very limited.
When I first attended the Youth Education Project , it was clear from the outset that there was a real focus from the staff on making me feel relaxed and comfortable to open my mind to my true potential and realise that there was a path to employment that I could follow!
With this focus came confidence and an inner drive to make a better life for myself with the help of MYL. MYL is unique because of the people involved and the practical, accessible locations made available to attend the projects. There is a clear passion from all the team involved and I could not have asked for better advice and help to get me on the road to employment.
MYL has a very positive influence on local communities by giving young people like myself another way, another direction, and the opportunity to talk to other local people who may be seeking help with their lives and education. I myself heard about MYL through a friend who had also received help through their projects.
If MYL wasn’t available for me as a child I believe that I would not be in the position I am in today!
I am now in my 9th year at Chariot Office Supplies where I have further developed my skills, abilities and confidence to become a key member of the team. I am also now a very proud mum and home-owner and MYL has given me the desire to provide my own family with the support and guidance to ensure they don’t need rescuing as I did.
Thank you again for your great work and I wish you all the best with continuing to “provide another way for the youth of today!”
“After attending centres and sessions with my own children, I began volunteering on various play-schemes.
MYL has a lot of dedicated staff, and offered me the opportunity for the personal and professional development I wanted. I’ve been able to complete management qualifications, and now I have responsibility for play and youth sessions at The Addy in Wythenshawe.
I’m proud of my area and the vital work that MYL does within it. I think the unique opportunities for free-play offered by the adventure playgrounds are a force for uniting local people. It helps communities and young people realise just how great they can be.”
I’ve been coming to the Addy since I was five years old, and I became a Junior Playworker when I was eight. I love my role and I enjoy it all. I love working on the structures, working with the swings and the equipment, and because I’m a big kid, I like the playing!
If the Addy wasn’t here then I’d be sat at home, bored out of my head. But that’s me. I know it keeps a lot of kids off the streets, and out of trouble. That’s definitely true for me, as it’s kept me out of the kind of trouble I would get into when I was younger.
My brothers have come here, my friends have come here. The Addy is a big part of my life. I want to get as many kids coming on here as possible. And if it ever had to close down then I’d do everything I could to keep it open!