Initially, her aim was to help a very small group of Bexley teenagers from BME backgrounds to obtain grants so they could partake in local educational activities. The trips to museums, galleries and libraries made a big difference to these children who did not have the means to access the services themselves.
Yeukai saw how skills gaps, such as the inability to communicate effectively, or look for a job, as well not being properly recognised in the community was holding many people back. Having learned how to steer through much of these issues herself, she wanted others to benefit from the skills that she had previously acquired, thereby enabling young adults to take charge of their futures.
“Since those early days, we are now seeing a new generation of British born children from migrant backgrounds, with their own challenges. They have so much potential, and so much to look forward to. We want to continue supporting them in discovering their talents, making good choices for themselves, their futures and their community.” Yeukai Taruvinga
The Active Horizons hub has now grown into a community learning centre for young BME and disadvantaged children to learn leadership and business skills, discover policy engagement or participate in creative workshops and cultural events.
Currently, Up to 50 local children are involved in activities at the hub, with the number expected to increase in 2020 as the services continue to grow.
The members of the trustee management board, who help Yeukai direct the hub, all have a personal involvement in Active Horizons. Supporting Active Horizons from the very start, they have played a crucial part in helping Yeukai evolve the work to serve the community.
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